During the 1980s, the South African Recces had an official mascot who was even made an honorary Recce. Teddy the Lion was rather domesticated and would hang out on the Special Forces compound. The soldiers would delight in setting him loose on the compound when high-ranking officials came to visit in order to give them a scare.


The following is one humorous story about Teddy, or so one Recce operator thought:

One night, one of the operators was tasked to give Teddy some food, as he was occasionally fed while at Fort Doppies. This particular operator did not appreciate being tasked to do this job in his free time and was quite annoyed. Taking the meat for Teddy, he went to look for him and found him not far outside the front gate of Fort Doppies.