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A teacher found a dead animal in a kid’s backpack, and it’s hilarious

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “kids say the darndest things,” but sometimes it’s kids’ actions, not words, that really leave their parents in shock. An Oklahoma mom is going viral this week after she posted on Facebook about a phone call she got from her son’s school letting her know he showed up to class with a dead squirrel in his backpack.

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Mom Ladye Hobson wrote in her post that she was so excited to get a call from the school principal saying her son, Brylan, had made the administrator’s day. When Hobson returned the principal’s call, though, she was shocked to hear just what her little boy had done. It turns out his teacher found a dead squirrel tucked away in the kid’s “50 dollar Pottery Barn backpack,” and the principal found it so adorable and hilarious she just had to send Hobson a photo. The mom included the photo in her post for readers’, um, enjoyment?

A dead squirrel is a pretty random thing to bring to class, but the kid’s excuse for stashing it in his bag is what really has people cracking up. As Hobson explained in her post, “When asked by the principal what possessed him to pick up this dead squirrel and store it in his backpack, my son replies with, ‘I really wanted squirrel dumplings for dinner tonight.'”

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The principal then double-checked to see if Hobson actually wanted her to send the squirrel home for their culinary adventures, and the mom said she explained that she is “country, but not that country.” Since Hobson posted her story online, it’s been shared over 122,000 times because people just can’t get enough of her son’s zany antics.

In case you were wondering, squirrel dumplings really are a thing — a quick Google search yields hundreds of recipes. But what really makes this story hilarious is how relatable it is. Pretty much every parent, teacher, grandparent, aunt and uncle has a story about a child in their life doing or saying something absolutely off the wall. It’s the best part of having kids. Their minds work in mysterious and creative ways, and there is never a dull moment.

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Squirrel dumplings might not be in this kid’s future, but his story will probably be one for the ages among his school’s administrators. As for the kid’s backpack, well, that might need a few trips through the washing machine with extra hot water. But on the bright side, at least it wasn’t a skunk.

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Image: Robin Chavez Photography

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