Readers come to the rescue for child whose pets were killed
THE family of a disabled boy whose pet parrot was killed by an intruder has been inundated by offers of kindness.
As a result, Bradley Wright, 11, now has a new baby bird.
Bradley, who has Asperger's syndrome and has endured several open-heart surgeries, was left in shock when he woke early Wednesday to find his pet parrot Connie dead in the backyard aviary. Its neck had been wrung.
To make matters worse, a pet guinea pig was found later choked with wire wrapped around its neck and stabbed through its abdomen.
The horrific story touched the hearts of the Daily's readers and more than 25 individuals and families offered to help the family.
"Yesterday was all right but today is too overwhelming for me," Bradley's emotional mother Tania Wright said yesterday.
"I just didn't think there were that many kind people left in the world.
"I just think of Bradley. I'm overwhelmed by the number of people who have taken the time to think about him."
The family accepted an offer from the Lockwood family, of Mooloolah Valley, who donated a baby parrot Bradley could rear himself, as well as a $400 wireless security system.
Five-year-old Zarnia Lockwood handed over the bird on behalf of the family.
"I see lots of devastating stories on Facebook and as soon as I saw his story, I burst into tears," Zarnia's father Darren Lockwood said.
"We don't have much, but we have a heart."
The Lockwood family also had cause to replace their pet parrot recently after it was killed by a cat.
"We've seen our kids get heartbroken, and we know how it feels," he said.
The security system - complete with cameras - will help deter the culprits from returning.
Bradley's aunt is donating a newborn guinea pig. Mooloolah Valley Produce donated a special feeding spoon.
Numerous other items have been donated.