It’s easy to cast scorn on the idealism of youth, but once in a while you just have to smile and accept that the kids are alright.
This was definitely the overwhelming reaction after a man on his way home from London spotted a beautifully uplifting story unravelling before him.
A group of teenagers named Sky, Liam and Jack from East London had come across a fishmongers selling live crabs and decided they simply had to rescue one and return them to the sea, thus starting an epic quest.
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The group of teens had been out and about in Barking when they spotted the stricken crab in a fishmonger and opted to take on the selfless task.
After going all the way to Liverpool Street, they hopped on a train towards Southend to get the crustacean – a brown crab native to the North Sea – home.
It was on the train where blogger Man Behaving Dadly, real name Simon, came across the determined group.
Intrigued by the crab he enquired as to what was happening, and was so delighted to hear their mission, he began sharing the progress online.
He wrote: “Some guys on the Liverpool St. to Southend train have bought a crab from a fishmongers and they are taking it back to the sea to live its best life.
“The only problem is that they keep having to take it to the toilet every few minutes to get it wet.
“I’ve named him [or] her ‘Hope’ on their behalf. Will this tale have a happy ending? Can you even keep a crab alive with sporadic sprinklings of water? Let’s hope so.”
Other Facebook users commenting on the post offered some advice and support for the group of youngsters.
“I needed this story today, there’s always stories of ‘hope’ if you look for them. Well done lads, you’ve restored my faith in humanity,” one wrote.
Unfortunately, Simon had to get off at Hockley, just before the teens and ‘Hope’ managed to arrive at Southend.
However, the story took a twist when the mum of Sky, 14, Sue Ann Goodey, updated everyone following Simon’s Facebook post to confirm that Hope had made it back to the sea in Southend, even posting a little selfie.
She confirmed that Hope crawled back into the sea after they released it and that the kind-hearted kids were picked up by a parent.
Needless to say the feel-good tale left hundreds of people with a warm heart and a renewed faith in humanity, the initial post having now received nearly 4,000 reactions and over 650 shares.
Sue-Ann said: “They were just trying to do the right thing as they felt sad someone was going to choose it for dinner and it would be killed.
“We can only hope it’s still alive now and has been given another chance.”
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