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Boy’s lost rabbit toy sparks international response


An international response has been sparked after a boy lost his toy bunny on a bus.

Ethan, seven, misplaced his beloved toy, Peter Rabbit, while on vacation in Brixham, Devon.

In an attempt to locate it, his grandmother posted on Facebook, and people from all over the world sent postcards pretending to be from Peter to his home in Worcestershire.

Ethan has received cards and gifts from all over the world, including Australia and Japan.

When disaster struck in July, the boy was on his way to Goodrington Sands with his grandmother Roz and mother Sam.

Peter Rabbit was left behind on the bus they were travelling on in an attempt to race to the beach.

Roz said her grandson was “heartbroken” after losing the toy he had cuddled since he was a baby, especially since the bus company was unable to locate it.

“He was completely distraught,” she said.

People from all over the world sent postcards on Peter Rabbit’s behalf

Roz was given the idea of Peter sending postcards to Ethan while he was “away” after asking for advice online.

“We were inundated with cards from all over the world,” she said, “Australia, Japan, everywhere.”

“Everyone just took it in stride. It was incredible. It provided us with a lot of assistance with people.”

According to one postcard, Peter even has a girlfriend.

“Good day, Ethan,” it said. Flopsy and I boarded a plane and flew to Australia!

“We’ve made friends with the local wildlife, including kangaroos, pelicans, penguins, and dolphins.”

Ethan was delighted to see a pair of bunnies later arrive on his doorstep

Another said Peter had arrived in Tokyo and “enjoyed the Olympic Games.”

Meanwhile, months after his disappearance, a Peter doppelganger has arrived at Ethan’s house, complete with England football shirt, luggage, and a girlfriend.

“He was so excited and so happy,” Roz said of his reaction to the new arrivals. He’s the happiest I’ve seen him in a long time.

“He now adores both of them.” He’s not going to let them out of his sight.”

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