Smart Singapore mom realizes baby’s hidden potential: water shield (Video)

A woman and a toddler at an animal show in Singapore Zoo. Photos: Only in Singapore/TikTok
A woman and a toddler at an animal show in Singapore Zoo. Photos: Only in Singapore/TikTok

There are many uses for a child – emotional support, second Mario Kart player, menial labor. Now a resourceful Singapore parent has found they also make very handy protection devices.

A Singapore woman who used a toddler to shield herself from splashing sea lions may have kept dry, but today she’s soaking in the internet grief. 

“And the Mother of the Year Award goes to..,” it was captioned.

@onlyinsingapore

mother knows best

♬ original sound – Only in Singapore

In footage of the moment, the seated woman assumed the airplane crash position and raised the small human before her to block the marine mammal’s enthusiastic spray. For his part, the boy seemed exhilarated as the sea lions keep splashing waves of water as instructed by their handlers. 

The attention then shifts toward the mom and her super-soaker child, with other people in the audience laughing, pointing, and even filming them.

The internet scolds declared “child abuse;” others thought it was funny.

“I mean why else do you need kids for? Investment in future and protection against water,” Mattytravel.photos wrote.

“[C]hild got extra clothes, parents don’t have,” Deejayelleo wrote.

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