Texas 5-Year Old Found Safe 17 Hours after Wandering Into Wilderness

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The 5-year-old son’s family calls him “the toughest little cowboy in Texas”After he disappeared, he spent the night in the cold alone before being found.

Cameron Crumrine, who’s affectionately known as “Curly,”He had left Bandera with his dogs and wandered off from the ranch around dinner. It is remote and surrounded by thousands of acres of thickbrush and wild animals.

The dog’s family was worried when he returned home with the dogs. 

“It got down to about 35 degrees that night. As the night went on and it got colder and colder, I was thinking the worst,” Curly’s mom said.

“You can’t imagine your life going on and really ever feeling joy again,” Curly’s grandmother said.

200 volunteers and law enforcement went on 17 hours in search of the little boy.

Curly was found wandering far from his home by a rancher at 11:30 a.m. on the next day. The rancher waved down an aerial search helicopter and offered to take him to safety. 

The boy walked towards an ambulance. As he was taken to the helicopter, volunteers cheered.

His family was delighted to learn that he was safe and alive.

Today, Cameron is all smiles, and his family promises all of their cowboy’s adventures from this point forward will be strictly supervised. They’ve also attached a tracking monitor to his watch, just in case.