A 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome who disappeared Tuesday afternoon from his home in Hackleburg, Alabama, was found safe and sound yesterday after spending a cold night in the woods.
Hang on to your Internet for this next part: Local authorities say his survival was helped by a pack of puppies who kept him warm by cuddling with him overnight.
A Marion County-wide search was launched after Kyle Camp's parents reported their son missing around 7 PM on Tuesday. Some 150 volunteers scoured the surrounding area around the clock with help of a State Trooper helicopter.
One of the volunteers eventually found the boy near a creek thanks to his family dog and the dog's offspring.
"I heard the dogs barking again and followed him down there and started hollering for the puppies and I hollered for him and he hollered back," Jaime Swinney told WAFF 48. "He was in the creek about a half a mile over the ridge."
Kyle told Swinney he was fine but wanted to go home.
When officials examined him they saw that he was wet and wasn't wearing any shoes. According to WAFF, "they think the puppies kept him warm overnight."
Is the Internet still on? Phew.
Kyle had a few minor injuries for which he was treated at a local hospital.
"It was amazing how many people came together to look, because we couldn't have gotten it all on our own," said Kyle's brother, Chris Bailey. "It actually shows how great the community is."
Actually, it shows how great puppies are, but I guess that goes without saying.
[screengrabs via WAFF]