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A tiny sculpted rabbit is visible in one of the bronze ears of a 30-foot statue of the late Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa.

Officials want the miniature bunny removed from the statue, which was unveiled outside the government complex in Pretoria, on Dec. 16, a day after Mandela's funeral.

The sculptors, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, told a local newspaper that the rabbit in the ear of Mandela was a "small trademark" of their work, as the government had not allowed them to engrave their signatures on the statue's trousers.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma, center, speaks after the unveiling of a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa, on Dec. 16.Matt Dunham / AP