Anna Duggar Defends Son Against Alleged Salamander Abuse

Look, you guys.

Anna Duggar may have sat mostly idly by while her husband confessed to molesting two of his sisters as a teenager and then to cheating on her as a client of the adultery website Ashley Madison.

But she will NOT just sit there and let you accuse her son of mishandling a tiny animal, okay?!?

Anna Duggar is Stuck with Josh

Earlier this week, Anna shared a photo of her son Marcus on a trip she dubbed to be part of "Man Camp."

Ignoring how stereotypical, kind of offensive and possibly harmful such a title is, Duggar wrote the following as a caption to the picture below:

Our boys had a great get away last week at ‘Man Camp’ with Daddy, Grandpa (Pops) most of their Uncles and a ton of friends!

It’s been so fun to hear Michael and Marcus tell me stories of all the fun they had fishing, horseback riding, doing camp activities and playing 4 square late into the night.

It’s been equally exciting to hear them reference the different sessions with things they learned from God’s Word!

These guys have grown up so fast and I’m so thankful for the treasure of being their mommy and watching them transitioning from boys to little men.

I love you guys so much!

anna d son

The idea that fishing and horseback riding are examples of activities reserved for men is very much on brand for a member of the Duggar family.

But that criticism wasn't the focus of most people who left comments on this snapshot.

Instead, a surprising number of Instagram users took issue with the way young Marcus is holding the little animal above.

“You don't hold a newt like that,” one person actually wrote. “You hold it gently in the middle of your palm.”

In the grand scheme of all one could take the Duggars to task for, this seems relatively harmless.

Josh and Anna Duggar: Expecting

However, give Anna props for not letting trolls say anything negative about her child.

Especially not when they weren't even correct in their assessment of this situation.

“Marcus couldn’t quite figure out how to hold his fish so he held the artificial lure instead,” she explained in response, adding:

“I wouldn’t let my kids use a real salamander for fishing bait [catch and release].”

So there you have it, folks: No salamanders were harmed during this trip to Man's Camp.

And, yes, the trip did sadly include Josh:

darn it, josh

Along with Marcus and Michael, Anna and Josh are parents to Mackynzie, 9, Meredith, 3, and Mason, 2.

They announced in April that they're expecting their SIXTH child as well.

“We couldn’t be happier to share with the world that our family is growing by one this Fall,” Anna and her polarizing husband told Us Weekly in a statement at the time, adding:

“We continually stand amazed by God’s love, redemption, grace and blessings in our lives. Our entire little family is ecstatic!"

For the record, by the way:

We don't actually blame Anna for staying silent through Josh's molestation and infidelity scandals.

We blame the Duggar family as a whole for operating as a cult that treats women with absolutely no respect and which makes them feel as if their only roles in life are to procreate and to be subservient to their husbands.

We have no doubt Anna feels legitimately trapped this marriage.

And we feel awful for her.