A postman was shocked to encounter a dog wielding an axe while delivering mail on his rounds.
Tim Smith came across the armed pooch during his deliveries in Williamsburg in the US state of Kentucky.
He shared the bizarre photo of the canine on Facebook and thankfully did not have to find out whether the dog was all bite and no bark.
Tim said: “Saw this on my mail route today. There’s a lot of reasons why your mailman might not deliver your packages, and this is one of them.
“I can handle a dog, but not a dog with an axe.”
The photo shows two dogs looking down at the postman ominously, with one proudly brandishing an axe in its mouth.
The Facebook post has since gone viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of likes, comments and shares.
One person joked online: “Oh wow! Dog thinks it’s a toy!!”
Another added: “Good heavens! Imagine his jaw strength!”
A third said: “I wouldn’t want to see that!!”
Another quipped: “You interrupted them picking out their Christmas tree.”
The postman told local media that the dog is actually very friendly as he often spots him out and about when he is doing his rounds carrying around sticks.
Meanwhile, a dog owner in California was shocked to see his pet pit bull being carried off by a brown bear.
Kaleb Benham saved his beloved pooch Buddy by tackling the huge beast.
He said: “Honestly the only thing I could think of was: ‘Save my baby.’
“I just ran down there, plowed into the bear, tackled it and grabbed it by the throat and started hitting it in the face and the eye until it let go.”