3-Year-Old Girl Found After Being Lost For 15 Hours Leaves Police Dumbfounded When Discovered She Wasn't Alone
Cailyn Finkel 6/8/2018
It was just like any other afternoon at 3-year-old Aurora's home in Queensland, Australia. The winds were gently moving the brush back and forth, and the weather was absolutely perfect. To little Aurora, it seemed like the perfect time to embark on an outdoor adventure.
This outside playtime quickly confused the toddler and she wound up lost in the rough brushland.
Thankfully, Aurora's trusty cattle dog Max noticed her wander off into the woods and followed closely behind. Now he's being hailed as a hero for his keen instincts...
Aurora's family called authorities around 3 p.m. on Friday after they noticed she was missing. They looked all day and into the evening, but heavy rain restricted their search! Sadly, the rain also destroyed any evidence a tracker hound could use. To Aurora's family, it felt as though all was lost!
In addition to all of the weather challenges, local emergency response organization controller Ian Phipps told ABC Australia that this stretch of land was particularly dangerous terrain.
"The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in..."
After 12 hours of searching, Aurora's family started to fear the worst. Did someone take her? Were the harsh element too much for her to handle?
Fortunately, Max's devotion remained intact even after their frightening night in the wilderness. He simply refused to leave his human's side! He stood guard as creepy crawly bugs, curious predators and other risks came Aurora's way -- nothing was going to harm her.
Just as dusk rolled around on Saturday, little Aurora heard shouting coming from down the hill. It was her grandmother, Leisa Bennett! With Max following closely behind, Aurora traveled down the mountain and into her grandmother's arms. In an interview with ABC Australia, Leisa explained how emotional that moment was!
"I think [Aurora] was a bit overwhelmed by the tears and the howling, but I explained to her how happy those tears were... It could have gone any of 100 ways, but she's here, she's alive, she's well and it's a great outcome for our family."
After the chaos of the situations subsided and Aurora's health was stable, people started to realize how amazing Max's actions really were. He could've easily wandered off, chased an animal or returned home -- but he chose to stick by Aurora's side and keep her safe.
As a way to acknowledge Max for his valiant deeds, the Queensland Police Department posted a sincere thank-you message on its Facebook page and honored Max with a huge surprise!
The officers wrote:
"SUCH A GOOD BOY, MAX! He stayed with his 3-year-old human who was lost near Warwick last night while we frantically searched for her.
For keeping her safe, you're now an honorary police dog."