By: Penny Eims
A lost 10-year-old boy from Marion County, Ala. is home, safe and sound, tonight, thanks to four warm puppies and one diligent, mother dog.
According to Thursday’s WAFF News, the child, Kyle Camp, disappeared on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to disappearing, the child, who has Down’s Syndrome, had been watching television at home.
A desperate search was quickly underway by dozens of volunteers who combed through the nearby woods.
Eventually, after 18 hours, searchers discovered the lost, shoe-less child, shivering in the forest.
Little Kyle Camp was not alone.
According to NBC News, four puppies were piled on top of the child, keeping him warm with their body heat.
The man who ultimately discovered the child, Jamie Swinney, said:
“Those puppies kept him company, they kept him warm and comfortable,”
Swinney credits the puppies’ mother for leading him to the lost boy, stating:
“We don’t know what would have happened to him had the puppies not been with him. And credit goes to the mother dog for leading me to the boy.”
Swinney stated that the puppies’ mother was running and barking and he knew to follow her – realizing that she would lead him to both the little boy and the puppies.
His instincts were on the money.
Aside from some scrapes and bruises, Kyle Camp is otherwise, okay.
What happened prior to Kyle’s disappearance is unclear. Either the family’s dog and puppies wandered into the woods and he followed, or perhaps, it was the other way around.
Thankfully, they were able to watch out for one another until help arrived.