A toy store in the U.K. has taken down controversial cuddly koala toys from its shelves after one allegedly uttered a swear word like “motherf*****.”
Smyths toy store in Fareham, England, began emptying their shelves of the battery-powered koala bears after a customer complained.
Mother-of-two Maria Brewer, 33, purchased one of the soft toys, “Emotion Pet Koala Bear,” as a present for her daughter Willow’s first birthday, the Daily Mirror reports.
But Brewer’s 3-year-old daughter, Meghan, noticed how the £34.99 ($54.83) toy made “gurgling noises” before uttering the obscene word while she was playing with it. (Warning: Strong language)
According to the Daily Mail, Brewer, of Widley, Hampshire, has been forced to explain what the profane word means to her toddler.
“I don't want my kids to be picking up on words like that,” the care home manager said. “I don't know what a koala bear sounds like but I don't think a koala bear would sound like that. It's inappropriate.”
Brewer adds: “My daughter Meghan has got the monkey version and Willow always wants to play with it, so we got the koala for her. But it swears. We just left it and then it said it again. I was shocked because it was very clear. I looked online to see if anyone else had heard it. On the advert, it certainly did not swear - it's a cute cuddly koala bear.”
Store manager Graham Moriarty said the toy has since been taken off the shelves while the manufacturers investigate.
"The koala does not actually speak, it does not say anything,” said Moriarty. “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, from manufacturers, Flair, said: "This toy has been on sale for many months across Europe and it is the first complaint of its kind.”
Bates adds: “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."