Model/actress Jenny McCarthy gifted her son Evan a deer head for his 10th birthday because he has become fascinated with the animals after watching Disney film Bambi.
The blonde beauty reveals young Evan was full of questions about hunting after seeing the animated movie, in which Bambi's mother is gunned down, and she sat the inquisitive kid down to learn more about the controversial topic via a video online.
He was so saddened by the inhumane practice, he was inspired to write a letter campaigning against hunting - only to stun his mother by making the unusual birthday request last month (May12).
During an interview on U.S. talk show Live! With Kelly on Tuesday (05Jun12), she said, "For his birthday present, he was telling me that he was really interested in going on YouTube and - he just saw Bambi - so he's like, 'What is hunting? Can you show me?' So I was like, 'Alright, let's sit down on YouTube and I'll find a clean one', so we watched this deerhunter and he was horrified by it and was like, 'I'm writing a letter about hunters.' So he wrote this (letter), 'Dear hunters, stop doing it, you're killing somebody's mum and dad' and I was like, 'Evan, that's awesome, you are such a sweet little boy' - and then in the next sentence he says, 'But do you think you can buy me a deer head for my birthday 'cause it's really cool.'"
MCCarthy was taken aback by the strange birthday wish, but she obliged anyway and turned to her dad to help her find the perfect gift.
She added, "Being the mum that I am (I got him a mounted deer head)... It's real. My dad was a hunter, unfortunately, growing up, so (we have them) in our basement, so I asked him to pop one off the wall, so it's a recycled one."