The battle of the bears has taken a distinctly provincial turn after a new display popped up on State Highway 1 near Balclutha over the weekend.
Although the installers of the new hay-bale bear are yet to be identified, their creation gives more than a nod to Southern traditions.
The 5m bear — in partial livery of blue and gold — appears to be preparing to watch the rugby while brandishing an oversize barrel of Speights and flying the Highlanders flag.
A similar baleage bear appeared near Mosgiel last Monday, created by agricultural contractor Tim Brown and family.
Otago Daily Times