A three-year-old girl who went missing in bushland in Australia was rescued after an elderly blue heeler dog named Max led rescuers followed her, stayed by her side overnight and helped searchers find her.
The girl Aurora had wandered off sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Friday in the woods near home. The terrain surrounding the home was mountainous and covered with dense vegetation.
“THE CHILD HAD BEEN OUT IN THE ELEMENTS ALL NIGHT, WITH THE ONLY COMPANY OF AN ELDERLY, BLIND, HALF-DEAF DOG, SO IT WAS A POSITIVE OUTCOME,” SAID POLICE INSPECTOR CRAIG BERRY.
“IT WAS REALLY DISHEARTENING AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING WHEN EVERYONE LEFT, AND WE WERE STANDING HERE ALONE IN THE DARKNESS KNOWING A 3-YEAR-OLD WAS OUT IN THE COLD,” SAID BENNETT.
Bennett and her partner, Kelly Benston searched the surrounding bushland throughout the night, but were unable to find her.
Fortunately, the next morning, they heard the girl’s voice and recognized it was Aurora.
“I KNEW IT WAS HER, SO I SHOT UP THE MOUNTAIN,” SAID BENNET.
As Ms Bennett approached, Max went out and met her and led her to Aurora’s location at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at the top of a mountain.
The loyal dog, Max stayed beside her for about all night under a rock who kept her safe and warm.
“HE NEVER LEFT HER SIGHT. SHE SMELLED OF DOG, SHE SLEPT WITH THE DOG,” SAID BENNETT.
Thankfully, Aurora and her little guardian, Max were safely returned home. Other than a few minor cuts and abrasions, the girl was fine. She wasn’t scared and said he had slept comfortably there in the dark with Max.
The family is safely back home.
“SHE’S A VERY HARDY YOUNG LASS TO SURVIVE THAT WITHOUT ANY ILL EFFECTS AND EVERYONE, ALL THE VOLUNTEERS ARE EXTREMELY HAPPY,” SAID ONE OF THE SEARCHERS.
For his good work the Queensland Police named Max an honorary police dog for his loyalty.
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