KLAGENFURT, Austria -- Restoration work on an Austrian church has uncovered a 700-year-old fresco that some say bears a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse.
The "medieval Mickey" is one of a group of animals and mythical creatures surrounding St Christopher on the exterior of a church in the village of Malta in the province of Carinthia.
Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, is shown standing in a river.
Art historian Eduard Mahlknecht said the mouse-like creature could be beaver or a weasel.
The fresco dates from around 1300, Mahlknecht said.
Malta's mayor, Hans Peter Schaar, joked that "perhaps Hollywood could become our partner city.
In other news today the Walt Disney company is pleased that Congress after receiving campaign contributions has extended copyright laws back 700 years.