CALLOUS THEFT: Elijah-James Morris, 5, with the two calves he bought from pocket money he had saved.
CALLOUS THEFT: Elijah-James Morris, 5, with the two calves he bought from pocket money he had saved. Contributed

Shoddy thieves take young farmer's poddy calves

AT JUST five-years-old, Elijah-James Morris saved up $500 and bought himself two poddy calves from the Toowoomba saleyards.

For three months, he kept them healthy and fed on a leased block at Westbrook.

In return, the angus-cross and jersey-cross calves taught him patience and kindness - something his dad Clint Morris said was good for him after he was diagnosed with attention- deficit hyperactivity disorder.

But on January 2, the two calves were stolen from the Bunkers Hill School Rd.

"The lowest part is that they've taken them and he's paid for them himself," Mr Morris said.

"He earned that money through chores to do at my house and I gave him money every week.

"He put his money aside and when be bought them, he paid the lady at the (Toowoomba) saleyards himself."

The $500 pocket money had covered the cost of the two calves and the milk he fed them.

They were recorded on the National Livestock Identification System but were not branded at the time, Mr Morris said.

"He has been diagnosed with ADHD ... and because he's so on the go all the time, they were teaching him he's got to be patient and about responsibilities," he said.

"They knew him.

"He'd go outside and be with them for an hour or more playing with them."

The theft was reported to police.



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