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A man in a giraffe costume has been making waves in Scotland performing random acts of kindness. Walking dogs, cleaning out boxes at cat homes and giving free coffees to strangers are among his signature ‘tricks’.
The 32-year-old busker Armstrong Baillie explained the challenge is to try to lift people’s spirits by performing good deeds.
“About a year ago a man in a gorilla costume started playing drums on the streets around Edinburgh and I met him one day when I was visiting friends. He really made me smile, and I know I wasn’t the only one,” he told The Scotsman.com website.
He said he couldn’t shake off the idea and decided to create his own costume. It had to be giraffe, his favourite animal. “I think it suits my personality too – my head is in the clouds but my heart is in the right place,” he noted.
Baillie said strangers get in touch with him to ask for all kinds of favors.
“I give out cards with my phone number and ask people to text me ideas. A woman got in touch suggesting I pick up some of the litter on Portobello Beach, so I was down there on Sunday having a bit of a tidy up. I also collect money while I’m busking and try to use what I make to do nice things,” he explained.
The man who wears his heart on his sleeve also knows how to make children happy.
“If I make enough I go to a local toy shop – not a big chain, I like to support smaller businesses – and pick something up, then take it to the nearest children’s ward. I hurt one of my legs quite badly when I was three, and my earliest memory is being given a toy truck while I was in hospital, and being absolutely thrilled with it.”