Kangaroo keeps missing boy warm

2013-08-09 09:08
Simon Kruger with his parents, Etienne and Linda. (7 News)

Simon Kruger with his parents, Etienne and Linda. (7 News)

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Kangaroo helps save missing child

2013-08-08 15:28

A 7-year-old boy, lost in the Australian bush, says a friendly kangaroo is the reason he survived. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - A South African man living in Australia says a kangaroo kept his lost 7-year-old son warm on a cold winter's night.

Die Burger reported on Friday that Simon Kruger wandered away from a family picnic at Deep Creek Conservation Park, near Adelaide, at lunchtime last Saturday.

A search involving 40 people and two rescue helicopters was then launched, and continued to search for him through the night.

Simon was wearing only a fleece top and track pants.

He was spotted by a helicopter nearly 24 hours later, and winched to safety.

When he was rescued, Simon told his father: "Dad, I'm okay. I slept under a tree and there were kangaroos."

His father, Etienne Kruger, told Australia's 7 News that Simon was picking flowers for his mother when the kangaroo approached him.

"A kangaroo came closer to him and ate the flowers from him, and the kangaroo fell asleep next to him. I think God sent a kangaroo to keep him warm."

Simon's mother, Linda Kruger, said she believes it's a miracle. "When I smell his jacket, it’s kangaroo - bush and kangaroo," she said.

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