We've all heard it before - kids say the darndest things. What happens when you're actress Angelina Jolie and your daughter asks for a dead pet, and she's completely serious?
Unfortunately, this is a very real scenario that Angelina recently encountered with her tom-boyish daughter Shiloh. It seems perhaps Shiloh is a tom boy in interests as most little girls would want something cute and fluffy as a pet rather than something dead.
However, the story behind this request might not strike you as being as grizzly as the headlines might conjure in your head. Angelina opened up to Vogue about Shiloh's dead pet request.
According to Jolie, it all started when Shiloh had found a dead bird. "She came in and said, 'Can I have a dead pet?â€™" Jolie recalls. "And Iâ€™m ... 'Uh-uh, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s healthy, honey. I think they have to put him in a box,' and I had to run out to find, like, a taxidermy bird. I just worked it out for her."
How can you possibly work out the situation of a child wanting a dead, possibly diseased pet? Well, Angelina found a situation, which some still might find gruesome. Shiloh didn't know about taxidermy or what it is. Jolie continues on. "But I figured that I couldnâ€™t keep the actual dead bird from the yard, so I swayed her toward one that had been cleaned, at least." Jolie said Shiloh is "hilarious."
Children are no doubt cute and hilarious, but can we really apply hilarious to asking for dead pets? It would seem that many people - parents or not - would not be able to speak of this situation as hilarious in any form. Perhaps the Angelina we once knew that enjoyed playing with knives and wearing vial of blood around her neck isn't as lost as we might have once thought.
How would you have handled this request coming from a child you love? Would you tell them why we can't have dead pets or would you get one from a taxidermist, as Jolie did here? Weigh in below.