Mum’s anger at koala bear teddy that ‘swears’

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IT seemed like the perfect present for a baby’s first birthday.

But mum Maria Brewer was mortified when she gave a cute koala bear toy to her daughter Willow – and it appeared to swear.

Maria Brewer and her daughter Willow

Maria Brewer and her daughter Willow

The 33-year-old mum-of-two was stunned when Willow started playing with the battery-powered Emotion Pet Koala Bear and it appeared to a utter an obscenity including the word ‘mother’.

The toy was bought for £34.99 from Smyths in Southampton Road, Fareham.

The teddy bear makes a series of groaning noises, but Mrs Brewer is convinced it then utters a swearword.

Shop managers say it is the first complaint they have had, but have taken the interactive teddies off the shelves while they investigate.

Mrs Brewer, of Sandy Brow, Widley, said: ‘My daughter Meghan has got the monkey version and Willow always wants to play with it, so we got the koala for her.

‘My husband said it swears. We just left it and then it said it again. I was shocked. It was clear. I looked online to see if anyone else had heard it.

‘On the advert, it certainly did not – it’s a cute cuddly koala bear.’

Mrs Brewer found herself in a difficult position when her own three-year-old child, Meghan, picked up the word ‘mother’ and started asking questions.

She added: ‘My friend was round with her little boy and he is 10. I was concerned with the swearing. I don’t want my kids to be picking up on words like that. It’s inappropriate.’

She added: ‘I don’t know what a koala bear sounds like but I don’t think a koala bear would sound like that.’

Store manager for Smyths in Fareham Graham Moriarty said the toy had been taken off their shelves while they look into it with the buyers and supplier.

He said: ‘The koala does not actually speak, it does not say anything.’

He added: ‘It’s a fine line of where I can go with this as the suppliers and buyers feel there’s no issues because there’s no other complaints.

‘We are not the sort of company that is going to sell inappropriate products.’

Michele Bates, a spokeswoman for the manufacturer Flair, said: ‘This toy has been on sale for many months across Europe and it is the first complaint of its kind.

‘We are therefore making urgent tests of a batch of the toys to investigate.

‘This will be done without delay and as soon as we have a result we promise to come back to you.’

To watch a video with Mrs Brewer’s reaction to what happened click here.