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This image on a 700-year-old fresco (left) is said to look like Mickey Mouse.
A 700-year-old fresco has been found during restoration work on a south Austrian church with a figure with round ears and pointed nose that one art historian today said bore a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse.
If true, it would predate the creation of Walt Disney's beloved cartoon character by more than 600 years.
"Now it's all clear", remarked one local hotel owner. "It wasn't Walt Disney who invented Mickey Mouse, but one of our ancestors 700 years ago."
The local tourist bureau speculated the village could become a pilgrimage site for Mickey fans around the world.