Lost Boy Kangaroo: Guardian Angel Kept Missing 7-Year-Old Simon Kruger Safe During Night In Australian Bush [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on August 9, 2013 10:52 AM EDT

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A lost boy and a kangaroo spent the night together in the Australian bush after the youngster got separated from his family. The guardian angel marsupial kept the 7-year-old warm during the cold winter night in the wild. (Photo: Reuters)

A lost boy and a kangaroo might sound like the start of a classic animated Disney movie, only this Mowgli adventure tale is as real as it gets. When 7-year-old Simon Kruger went missing from his family in the Australian wilderness over the weekend, he was kept safe by the most unlikely of guardian angels. Now, the lost boy and kangaroo are making headlines with their tale of survival.

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CNN reports that Simon Kruger was picnicking with his family in Deep Creek Conservation Park, a 17-square-mile belt of Australian wilderness south of the city of Adelaide in South Australia, when he wandered off from the group.

Lo and behold, the youngster lost his way after he followed a wallaby into the trees. It was around 1:15 p.m. Saturday, and he was wearing just a fleece top and track pants -- not adequate covering for a winter's night in the outback where temperatures dropped to around 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

A desperate search for the missing boy ensued. Two helicopters and 40 search party members scoured the bush around Deep Creek for almost 24 hours, working straight through the night.

They even used parachute flares to try and signal the lost child. Finally, early Sunday afternoon, a helicopter saw Kruger about a third of a mile from where he went missing the day before.

That's when the lost boy and the kangaroo story came to light. Apparently, Kruger owes his survival to a guardian angel kangaroo who kept him safe and warm during the cold, Australian winter night.

According to The Daily Mail, Kruger tells the story of how he was picking flowers for his mother when a kangaroo approached him and ate the flowers from his hand. The same kangaroo curled up next to Kruger to keep the 7-year-old warm during the night.

"I think it was a miracle," Simon Kruger's mother, Linda Kruger, told reporters of the lost boy and the kangaroo. "When I smell his jacket, it's kangaroo -- bush and kangaroo."

CNN reports on the lost boy and the kangaroo in this video uploaded to YouTube:

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