EMMERDALE fans were stunned this week after Bear Wolf returned - despite his mysterious four month disappearance.
The former wrestler - who is played by actor Joshua Richards in the ITV soap - hadn't been seen in the village since November but curiously none of the other characters noticed.
Fans thought he had been quietly written out of the show until he made a shock comeback this week when Pierce Harris was exposed as Graham Foster's murderer.
One wrote: "Wtf did Bear appear from ? #Emmerdale"
A second said: "Bear’s alive!!! #Emmerdale"
Another added: "Where has Bear been? #Emmerdale"
Fans were convinced Bear had left the show after he disappeared from screens without an explanation.
One wrote on a fan forum discussion: "Has he left or is he still meant to be there?"
A second said: "I had also forgotten his existence until I saw this thread."
Another added: "I do think the character is still meant to be in the village as he has been referenced a few times and, as far as I remember, I haven't heard anyone mention him going away (as has been the case with Zac, Aaron and Chas for example)."
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A fourth joked: "Unless he’s shacked up with Pearl wherever she is, and will not be seen again for 2 years."
Bear arrived in the village last year when Paddy was told by Mandy that his late mum had been having an affair nine months before he was born.
She had found love letters from Bear to Paddy's mum revealing the torrid affair and its result - Paddy.
However once he got into the village soap bosses then made him illiterate as a storyline confusing fans further.