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Last Updated: Wednesday March 21 2007 06:59 GMT

Scout survives wilderness ordeal

Michael went missing in these woods

A 12-year-old scout who survived on his own in the wilderness for three days has been found safe and well.

Michael Auberry went missing on an expedition to the rugged mountains of North Carolina in America.

He was found by a rescue dog called Gandalf and said he had been drinking water from streams to survive.

Michael, who got separated from the rest of his troop, told rescue teams he was hungry - and the first snack he asked for was peanut butter crackers.

Michael Auberry
Michael Auberry

"He was a little disoriented, but he was great," said Gandalf's owner Misha Marshall of the South Carolina Search and Rescue Dog Association.


Dog teams, about 70 people and a plane with heat-sensing equipment had been searching for Michael.

Rescue dog Gandalf
Rescue dog Gandalf

He vanished after lunch with fellow Scouts and troop leaders on Saturday.

It's been suggested that Michael probably wandered into the woods to explore.

He was taken to hospital for a check-up.

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