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A cartoonist reimagined a national symbol of New Zealand to honor the victims of the mosque shooting

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 15 Mar 2019

At least 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.Cartoonist Shaun Yeo reimagined the national bird, a kiwi, in a moving drawing.The picture is now being shared all over social media to honor the victims.New Zealand is in mourning Friday after at least 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, prompting many to offer support and condolences.Cartoonist Shaun Yeo decided to use his talent to honor the victims by reimagining a popular national symbol: the kiwi.As New Zealand's national bird, the kiwi typically symbolizes the country's abundant wildlife, and ' as 7 News Brisbane puts it ' it's "viewed as a symbol of pride and endearment." But Yeo depicted the bird in mourning, hunched over and crying, creating a pool of tears.Take a look at the moving image.#christchurchshooting pic.twitter.com/A6RRIL5d3H' Yeo Cartoons (@YeoCartoons) March 15, 2019Twitter users from all over the world are sharing the picture, showing their support for the victims and thanking Yeo for expressing their emotions so vividly.Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this horrendous time. Love from Sweden '''''''''''''''' Stewart L McKinnon (@celticswede) March 15, 2019This is heartbreaking and appropriate. Sending Love from Canada' John Spurr (@spurzo) March 15, 2019*thank you* - for so perfectly capturing this shocking and horrendous tragedy - I've been sharing it - and using it - hope that's ok. it's perfect and exactly how I feelsending you <<big hugs>> and much love from Auckland' Julia Connell (@junglekittencat) March 15, 2019Read more:'ONE OF NEW ZEALAND'S DARKEST DAYS': At least 49 people killed in mass shootings at 2 mosques in ChristchurchWhat we know so far about the suspects in the New Zealand mosque shootingsThis timeline of the Christchurch mosque shootings shows how the massacre of 49 Muslim worshippers unfolded in New ZealandThe New Zealand mosque shooter had his gun wrestled out of his hands then ran away, according to a survivorJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Everything we know about Samsung's foldable phone
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