Little Girl Was Lost For 15 Hours – Police Dumbfounded When They Discovered She Wasn’t Alone


It was every parent’s worst nightmare. A three-year-old girl had gone missing from her home in Queensland, Australia. By the time the scenario played out, she would have been gone for 15 hours but police discovered that she was never alone during her ordeal.

It seemed as if it was the ideal day to go outside for a little adventure. Aurora, the three-year-old girl, was able to get outside of the home and ended up going back through the brushland nearby, getting lost very quickly. As it turns out, she had a companion that would stay nearby and is now being considered a hero. It wasn’t a human that was watching out over Aurora, it was their cattle dog, Max.


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It was 3 PM on Friday when Aurora’s family contacted the authorities about her disappearance. They spent the entire day and well into the evening looking for Aurora, but heavy rain that moved into the area hampered the efforts. It also destroyed the trail that could be used by a tracker. It seemed as if everything was lost.

If it wasn’t bad enough that Aurora was missing, she was also missing in a very dangerous place. In Phillips, the local emergency response organization controller had the following to say about the area: “The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in.”

They searched for 12 hours and the family began to fear that the worst had occurred. They didn’t even know what had really happened. Did someone take their little girl? Was she lost and unable to handle the elements?


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Little did they know that she had a devoted companion that remained with her throughout the frightening night in the wilderness. Max refused to leave her side and he stood guard against all of the risks that could have come her way.

About dusk on Saturday, Aurora heard the faint shouting of someone down the hill. It was Leisa Bennett, her grandmother, and Max was not far behind. Aurora walked down the mountain and right into her waiting grandmother’s arms. Leisa recounted the emotional moment to the news: “I think [Aurora] was a bit overwhelmed by the tears and the howling, but I explained to her how happy those tears were… It could have gone any of 100 ways, but she’s here, she’s alive, she’s well and it’s a great outcome for our family.”

As you can imagine, the family was absolutely ecstatic that their little girl was found. After the emotion of the moment began to fade away, they realized exactly how much of a hero Max had been. He could have wandered off into the wilderness but he stayed by Aurora’s side and kept her safe.

The Queensland police department acknowledged Max for his heroic actions. A thank you was posted on their Facebook page and Max was honored with a great surprise. The Facebook page said:

“SUCH A GOOD BOY, MAX! He stayed with his 3-year-old human who was lost near Warwick last night while we frantically searched for her.

For keeping her safe, you’re now an honorary police dog.”


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Good boy, Max! You can watch the scene unfold in this video:



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