AMAZING: Missing 3-Yr-Old Boy Says Black Bear Kept Him Safe
3 year old Casey Hathaway has been found alive and well after spending days lost in the woods in North Carolina in freezing temperatures by himself.
But the story he tells is amazing.
Casey claims he was kept safe by a black bear who protected him. He told family and rescuers that he “hung out with a bear” for two days.
“He told us that his best friend the bear was with him to help keep him safe,” said his grandmother. “Thanks to God’s mercy he came home to us alive and well.”
“God sent him a friend to keep him safe. God is a good God. Miracles do happen.”
The young boy has also been inundated with stuffed bears from well-wishers after the news of his return went viral.
Even the boy survived freezing conditions while he was missing, Casey was found warm.
Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes told local news that they found the boy 40 meters into the woods after responding to a report that a child crying could be heard nearby.
Asked if the child had been able to verbalize just how he’d managed to stay alive in the forest by himself, the sheriff said: “He did say he had a friend in the woods that was a bear that was with him.”
Both the FBI and U.S. Marines professional search teams joined local volunteers to search for Casey. The boy had disappeared from his grandmother’s house while playing outside last week.
After two days of searching, one of the Hathaway neighbors who was out walking her dog heard a loud cry come from the bushes. Casey was found crying and tangled in thorn bushes only 120 feet from the road. He was rushed to the hospital in good condition and is expected to be just fine.
It is reported that at the hospital, Casey devoured some chicken nuggets and Cheetos as he watched television.
This is not the first time a story about a bear keeping a young child safe has made headlines:
In 1888, the New York Times reported the disappearance of a 2-year-old girl who was found in a deep valley, where she claimed she had slept by a bear that kept her warm that night.
In 1955, 2-year-old Ida Mae Curtis went missing in Kootenai National Forest in Montana. She was located after enduring two days of pouring rain, and explained that she had been cuddled and comforted by a bear during her time away.
Of course, there is always one in the room:
One veteran bear expert says it could never happen because he has never seen it happen.
“I’ve never known such a thing to happen, bears don’t do that,” said Chris Servheen, a bear researcher at the University of Montana.
“Wild bears aren’t friends with people. I don’t want to say he’s not telling the truth, he obviously thinks he’s seen things and maybe he’s got a teddy bear at home. But I’ve seen no evidence anything like that has ever happened.”
Well guess what buddy! You have probably never watched a 3 year old alone in the freezing woods for two days either! That doesn’t mean it never happened!
Sometimes! He went on:
“I don’t want to cast aspersions on the child but I think the little boy had a fantasy. The bear wouldn’t feel sorry for him.
Oh brother! Now he Chris Servheen the great bear mind reader? Dork.
Hey Booboo! I was just lookin’ for another pic-i-nic basket!