A mum has been left feeling mortified after sending her five-year-old son to school with a unique nativity costume: a shepherd outfit complete with inflatable sex sheep.
Helen Cox bought son Alfie the £16.99 fancy dress costume on Amazon for his school play and he was delighted it came with a free blow up sheep.
But Helen was puzzled when a teacher told Alfie to take the sheep home – until she blew it up and found it had a huge hole in its bottom – as well as red lips and eyelashes.
Mum-of-two Helen, 46, found the exact same sheep was on sale as a ‘stag night bonkin’ sheep’ – and is now devising a way to steal it away from unaware Alfie.
Helen, a psychology student, from Alloa, Scotland, said: “He’s probably in his room right now stuffing Lego in the hole.
“I just can’t believe it. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! How am I going to explain this to his teachers?
“I have no idea if they’ve seen it was a sex toy and that’s why they sent it home – I’m mortified!”
The outfit, which Helen bought on Amazon in November, was listed as ‘Labreeze kids boys brown shepherd costume inflatable sheep nativity fancy dress outfit’.
It arrived two weeks ago, and after checking the costume fit, Helen packaged it up in a name-tagged bag for Alfie to take into school on November 26.
But when Helen went to pick Alfie up from school on December 6 – a week before the nativity – she noticed the sheep in his bag.
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Puzzled as to why it had been sent home, Helen, a student at Sterling University, decided to blow the sheep up for Alfie to play with – and that’s when the penny dropped.
“It took forever to blow up – I was stood there blowing and blowing until the air reached its legs,” said Helen, who lives with husband Chris, 46.
“I hurriedly popped the stopper back in so it wouldn’t deflate and suddenly spotted the huge hole in the bum. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
Helen made an audible gasp, making Alfie question what was wrong.
She added: “I told him, ‘you can’t have this sheep Alfie’ but he kept asking why so I had to make up a reason.
“I told him it didn’t look like a proper sheep because it had a moustache, red lipstick and a bow on its head, but he still wanted to play with it. I couldn’t think of any more reasons why not.”
Alfie soon discovered the hole and asked what it was for, so Helen told him it was ‘for the sheep’s toilet paper’.
Without knowing how to get the sex-sheep back from her son without any awkward questions, Helen is planning to tell Alfie the ‘Elf of the Shelf’ took it.