Animal welfare officials were called to reports of a "mysterious headless beast" hanging in a tree but were instead met with a breakfast menu item.
Residents in Poland's Krakow were reportedly refusing to open their windows because they were afraid that the 'animal' would go into their homes.
A local resident called the Krakow Animal Welfare Society and reported the mysterious figure to authorities.
The concerned resident reportedly said the unidentified 'beast' was brown and sitting in a tree, before adding that the "dangerous creature" had been lurking outside for two days.
In a post on Facebook, Adam, the inspector who visited the scene and took the call, said: "I tried to guide the woman, her voice seemed to be growing hysterical."
The unnamed resident said in her report that she believed that the figure in question was an iguana.
The iguana theory was quickly disproven by officials as the weather in Poland is too cold for reptiles to survive outside.
Officials then wondered if the unidentified 'animal' was a lost pet that had wandered off due to boredom.
The welfare team also suspected that the animal was an abandoned pet as they had recently responded to reports of a sick cat left in a garage, as well as rats and hamsters which were left in the bin.
After taking the call, the team arranged a visit and when the animal welfare officials arrived, they discovered that the scary animal was in fact a croissant.
The buttery crescent-shaped pastry was not the threat that residents had expected.
Inspector Adam said: "It is difficult to help something that has been previously baked.
"He was almost moving, he was getting ready to invade, he was beginning to resemble a dragon child."
The post went on to encourage members of the public to continue to report any animal welfare issues or rare sightings, even if they turn out to be incidents of mistaken identity.