I read this story when I was 10 or 11 and found it very moving.

An alien from a very advanced species crashes on Earth. He is trying to communicate with humans to get help. He looks like a very cute furry animal, and no-one will pay him attention except to put him into some sort of travelling carnival sideshow, from which he escapes. The end is tragic...he goes to live with rabbits in a field.

The story might have been called something like 'The Star Creature'.

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    My first thought was Quozl from the title, but very different. :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 26 '20 at 15:27
  • Reminds me of Harriet's Hare (goodreads.com/book/show/1168387.Harriet_s_Hare), though obviously that's from much later and at least one girl does listen to the alien.
    – Showsni
    Mar 27 '20 at 12:37
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    Something about this is calling Theodore Sturgeon's name, but I can't find one of his stories that matches.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Mar 31 '20 at 14:10
  • Thank you Zeiss Ikon.....I was about 12 when I read the story, and devoured every Victor Gollancz book I could fiind in the library (in the late 1960s.) I know I read plenty of Theodore Sturgeon. Mar 31 '20 at 14:23
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/238905/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer)
    – Otis
    Nov 10 '20 at 4:44

I think I've found this one. "The Star Beast" (1963) by Nicholas Stuart Gray.

It appears that the entire story can be read in a Google Books preview.

The creature falls from the sky, and shows up, hurt, at a farmer's door. The authorities take it away but refuse to acknowledge its intelligence, so it gets sold to a circus. As it gives up trying to communicate it gets increasingly treated like a dumb animal until it is finally broken. The ending is indeed very sad:

The last glimpse that anyone saw of it was by a hunter in the deeps of the forest.

It was going slowly looking in terror at rabbits and squirrels. It was weeping aloud and trying desperately to walk on all fours.

  • Funny that this is also the title of a well-known YA by Heinlein.
    – user2490
    Aug 18 '20 at 0:21

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