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Lost 3-year-old claims a bear kept him safe

By T.K. Randall
January 29, 2019 · Comment icon 36 comments

Could there be any truth to the child's tale ? Image Credit: PD - Wiki
A young boy who was found after two days alone in the wilderness maintains that he was looked after by a bear.
When 3-year-old Casey Hathaway disappeared while playing outside his grandmother's house in North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon, efforts by local authorities to locate him began in earnest.

He was eventually found after two days of heavy rain and freezing temperatures by a neighbor who had been out walking her dog when she heard him crying in some nearby bushes.

In a peculiar twist however, when asked about what had happened to him he explained that he had managed to survive out in the wilds because a bear had looked after him.
While there is no way to corroborate his remarkable claim, it's not the first time a bear has been attributed with helping to save a young child lost in the wilderness.

In 1888, the New York Times reported that a two-year-old girl who had gone missing in a valley later claimed that she had slept next to a bear to keep warm at night.

A similar report from 1955 also mentions a two-year-old who claimed to have cuddled up to a bear to keep warm after becoming lost in Montana.

Whether there is any truth to these claims however remains unclear.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (36)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #27 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
My mother and aunt tried to get a black bear in the summer house when they were young. One by the collar, the other pushing the back of him. They were thinking it was the old farm dog who passed away the year before. The perplexed bear just shaken up and returned in the wood. My mother and aunt got themselves locked inside by scared to death babysitter for one week, lol. Still a lot of bears on the family land, we never got security problems with them beside their taste for apple stealing and apple trees bashing in the orchards. I find the story interesting and plausible, but the gofundme is a... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Stiff 4 years ago
Maybe it was 'Bear' Grylls?    
Comment icon #29 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 4 years ago
" Lost 3 year is a liar"
Comment icon #30 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
Nost likely the ones that kept him safe for most of the duration much prefers to be remain anonymous ... for whatever reasons best kept to themselves ~
Comment icon #31 Posted by mdbuilder 4 years ago
It seems unlikely that the little guy would know what steps to take to stay warm in freezing temps, especially in the woods. 
Comment icon #32 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 4 years ago
On another board a person that lives there stated that the father is a known drug dealer, the mother an addict and well grandma isn't too tightly wrapped and the father had kidnapping threats against him by person or persons unknown. Take it for what it's worth.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Ell 4 years ago
I once read such a story about a bear keeping a lost child warm for several days.
Comment icon #34 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
The kid only had the Bare necessities,lucky he didn't end up in one of Mother Nature's recipes
Comment icon #35 Posted by Mr.United_Nations 4 years ago
Years ago in the 90s I think a child fell over into a Gorrila enclosure in a zoo, the Male Gorrila which was apparently the Alpha Male stood over the child, shielding the child from other gorillas. 
Comment icon #36 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago
Kids loved bear, especially from children's stories about bears. So the young imaginations can spark a lot of weird claims about them.

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