Angelina Jolie’s daughter Shiloh has asked mum if she can keep a dead bird as a pet.

The four-year-old found the lifeless creature in the garden, and wanted to look after it. 

The Hollywood actress, however, was a little concerned about the carcass rotting away in the family home, but was still keen to compromise.

“She [Shiloh] came in and said, ‘Can I have a dead pet?’”, Jolie told Vogue in their December issue.  

“And I’m … ‘Uh-uh, I don’t think it’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.”

Although mum Jolie is no stranger to the dark and the macabre, the hygiene issues that come with keeping a diseased bird was apparently too much even for the actress.

“I figured that I couldn’t keep the actual dead bird from the yard, so I swayed her toward one that had been cleaned, at least,” she continued.

Well, at least it’s an easy pet to look after Shiloh. No feeding, no cleaning, and no neighbours complaining about the noise. Just another stuffed toy really …

– Inger Smith