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Supermarket Coles sells Year of the Monkey bamboo plants with symbol for goat

Supermarket chain Coles is helping consumers celebrate the Year of the Monkey by selling lucky bamboo - the only problem is the attached label says "goat".

As Mumbrella drew attention to in a blog post on Thursday, the supermarket is selling potted bamboo plants to mark Chinese New Year, which begins on February 8.

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While a picture of a monkey is appropriately attached to the plants, it is accompanied by the traditional Chinese symbol for a goat or sheep.

The apparent mistake has reportedly been amusing Chinese speakers on the social media platform Weibo - with one user commenting that the monkey's name might just be Sheep.

For those looking forward to welcoming in the Year of the Monkey (or, alternatively the goat), you can read the Herald's guide to the celebrations here.


A Coles spokesperson said: "We're sorry for the mix-up and have decided to remove the product from our shelves. We hope everyone has a very happy Chinese New Year." 

Fairfax Media