An uncommon crime has triggered some uncommon acts of kindness in Indianapolis.
On Tuesday morning, someone took a 500-pound giraffe statue belonging to 6-year-old Ethan Evans.
"It was so heavy," Evans said. "How would they take it out?'
Ethan received the 6'5" tall giraffe statue for his birthday. He gave it the name "Hoppy" and hugged it every morning before school.
"I just want him back," Ethan said.
Though he's still waiting for "Hoppy" to come back, Ethan spent the remainder of his week meeting some new friends.
On Wednesday, Ethan and his mom, Valerie Evans, welcomed young Jake Meldrum and his mom Becky to their home. Jake brought a gift for Ethan, a 5-foot tall stuffed giraffe.
"He's the giraffe at my house," Jake said.
"When you're a mom of a little boy, or of little kids in general, it breaks your heart to think of another mom who is going through having to explain all that to their kids," said Becky Meldrum. "Us moms have to kind of stick together."
The stuffed giraffe wasn't the only new friend Ethan met. On Thursday, the Indianapolis Zoo gave him special access into the giraffe exhibit.
"This is going to be a memory that he will never forget," Valerie Evans said.
Ethan had a chance to feed his favorite animal, and he got a taste of what it feels like to have a giraffe eat out of his hand.
"It felt weird," Ethan said with a smile.
"It's such a sad story what happened and we are just fortunate to provide, hopefully, a memorable opportunity for him," said Jon Glesing with the Indianapolis Zoo.
"He told me today that if ‘Hoppy' doesn't come back home that he really hopes that whoever has it loves him," Valerie Evans said. "So I think it's making him understand that bad things happen but there's always some good that comes out of it."
Though "Hoppy" is still missing, Valerie Evans said the owner of their housing community is offering a $200 reward to anyone who can bring it back.