The Repair Shop viewers were left horrified after the process to repairing a beloved panda toy involved skinning it to its terrifying bare bones.
Visitor Gill Harvey had brought the mechanical panda toy to The Repair Shop for the experts to work their magic on it after its fur had disintegrated after decades of being loved and treasured.
Gill had had the panda for 60 years, explaining: ‘It was given to me by my parents when I was about three or four and we all got to choose a mechanical toy.’
The panda had special memories for Gill as her dad, who died weeks before her sixth birthday, would tell her to get the panda whenever she was feeling sad to ‘make her smile’.
While the panda was, of course, successfully restored to his former glory by the stuffed toy experts, the process to getting him back to his former glory was quite a traumatic one.
The worn-out fur had to be removed and replaced, meaning the outer coating was entirely taken off, leaving the inner mechanism of the bear visible.
Viewers took to Twitter to say: ‘There’s definitely a B horror movie with that panda waiting to be made’ and ‘That naked panda is the stuff of nightmares’.
Others added: ‘Furless panda looks like something Sid from Toy Story would have crawling out from under his bed’ and ‘Pandanstein!’
Viewers also joked: ‘That panda was scary enough before the ladies skinned him’ and ‘That naked panda will come alive in the night and eat your face.’
Thankfully once his fur, hands and face were replaced, panda was looking much more like the cherished toy he had once been, making for an emotional reunion with Gill.