Ovation: A Kangaroo To Keep Him Warm.
When I was little my mother could have been the chief of the “Jacket Police”. She, like my grandmother, always reminded us to take a jacket or a sweatshirt when the possibility of “chilly” temperatures was in the forecast. There were times that I would end up with three little windbreakers hanging in my locker at school because I’d bring them with me in the morning and forget to bring them home after school. I can only imagine how terrified she would have been if one of her children disappeared into a cold dark night.
Last Saturday, seven-year-old Simon Kruger was separated from his parents and disappeared into Australia’s Deep Creek Conservation Park. Two rescue helicopters and forty people scoured the outback for the child to no avail. With night falling the rescuers grew more desperate. Simon was not dressed for temperatures as cool as the low 40s expected that night. It wasn’t until around noon on Sunday — nearly 24 hours after he went missing — that Simon was finally located by helicopter and brought to safety.
“I’m okay … I slept under a tree and there were kangaroos!” – Simon Kruger
The boy had been picking flowers in the bush when a wild kangaroo approached him and ate some of the flowers out of his hand. Eventually the animal fell asleep beside him.
“I think God sent a kangaroo to keep him warm. I think it was a miracle …” – Linda Kruger
Animals can be truly amazing. The fact that this marsupial stayed with the little boy through the night is fascinating. Perhaps it was a mother kangaroo who recognized a boy who needed a jacket!
Like this post? Follow the blog and get involved in discussions! Find “Follow via Email” on the right side of the page and click “Follow.” Buttons for Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook are there, too!