Simon Kruger went missing after wandering away from a family picnic Saturday afternoon in the Deep Creek Conservation Park south of Adelaide, according to South Australian police.
Two rescue helicopters and a search party of 40 people were mobilized to find Simon, who was not dressed for a winter’s night in the chilly Australian bush.
The party continued the search all night, until a rescue helicopter finally located him about 500 meters from where he had gone missing the day before.
He was taken to safety, having sustained minor injuries, a police spokesman told CNN.
But Simon’s account of how he survived is what has drawn the most attention to his ordeal.
His first words to his father were, “Dad, I’m okay – I slept under a tree and there were kangaroos.”
His father told Australia’s 7 News that the boy had been picking flowers for this mother when he was approached by a kangaroo.
“A kangaroo came closer to him and ate the flowers from him, and the kangaroo fell asleep next to him,” Etienne Kruger told 7 News. “I think God sent a kangaroo to keep him warm.”
And the boy’s mother, Linda Kruger, noted, “I think it was a miracle, when I smell his jacket, it’s kangaroo — bush and kangaroo.”
Etienne said Monday that his son was recovering well from the ordeal, and acting “as if nothing had happened,” according to the Daily Telegraph. Image/CNN