AIZAWL, April 18 - A six-year-old kid from Mizoram, who has recently taken the Internet by storm for showing heartwarming kindness to a dead chicken, will get recognition from PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Sources said PETA is to give �Compassionate Kid Award� to Derek C Lalchhanhima in recognition of his acts of compassion that has made headlines across India and even abroad.
Derek, from Sairang village near Aizawl, redefined humanity recently, when he innocently took an injured chicken to a hospital after he accidentally ran over it with his bicycle.
The story was first posted on Facebook by a username �Sanga Says�, then it went viral and the story was taken by different media houses across the country.
While cycling, the boy accidentally ran over his neighbour�s chicken. Instead of leaving the dead chicken, he took it and rushed it to the nearest hospital with all the money he had, Rs 10.
The little kid�s action touched the heart of the one of the nurses so much that she took a picture of him holding the dead chicken in one hand and ten rupees in another. The boy was innocently looking right at the camera.
The kid�s story reached the ears of PETA in no time and decided to give him an award.
�Six-year-old boy Derek�s act of kindness was truly heart-touching and won a million hearts. He has taught us a lesson in showing kindness to animals. He deserves the award,� Puja Mahajan, PETA India Education & Youth Outreach Manager, was quoted as saying.
Derek, a class one student, was recently given a certificate of appreciation by his school.
Kerala artist Sunil Pookode has too given a befitting tribute to the boy by painting a portrait of him standing on a globe.