Mum shocked when her four-year-old son ran up to her claiming the toy lion she had bought him at a Melbourne Kmart had a “willy”.
Confused, the 33-year-old mother looked at the toy and, sure enough, under the lion’s tail was an unmistakeable depiction of male genitalia.
“We were planning a trip to the zoo, and I thought it would be really great if the kids could take some animal toys with them on the day,” said Mrs Husnu, a 33-year-old professional blogger from Melton said.
“We went into Kmart, and my three youngest picked out their own toys.
“They were all really happy with them.
‘Then one of the twins turned the lion around, and my daughter yelled out, ‘Look mum, the lion’s got a willy’, and they all started laughing.”
Mrs Husnu said she wanted Kmart to stop selling the toy, which is aimed at children older than three.
She said parents should decide when to teach their children about genitalia.
“I thought it was really inappropriate,” she said.
“In this day and age, it’s not acceptable to have things like that on children’s toys.
“I buy a lot of toys, and my house is full of toys. But I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s so stupid and just plain weird.”
Ms Husnu said she did not know what the department store was thinking.
“If I only had a little girl for instance, I wouldn’t want her seeing what men’s private parts look like at that age,” she said.
“I don’t know what they were thinking. It’s not on any of the others, so it just doesn’t make sense why it’s just on the lion, it’s bizarre.
“Kmart should look at removing this toy from the shelves.”
Parents confused by her reaction
Hundreds of comments on social media have people totally confused by her reaction.
Many have said she probably should be staying away from the zoo if she is concerned about seeing animal “parts”.
One comment read, “I guess when visiting a zoo the animals have to put pants on and not show there bits.”
– Another said, “I hope she didn’t walk past the monkey enclosure, sex education every 2 minutes.”
– “Does she not have pets? Do the pets wear pants? Animals have genitals, it’s not inappropriate at all! Instead of shaming, how about teaching the kids a thing or 2 about what’s natural and normal!”
– “Does she cover her children’s eyes when male dogs walk past?”
– Another said, “I feel she has made it a BIGGER issue for her kids now! If she had just had a little giggle with the kids and moved on and enjoyed her day at the zoo the kids would have forgotten about it! It only becomes an issue if YOU make it an issue ”
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