It’s a plot straight out of the old “Lassie” TV show: A 14-year-old gets lost in the woods, only to be rescued by a kind dog.
In this case, the doggie rescuer wasn’t a collie, but a labrador named Max.
Juan Heriberto Trevino of Galeana, Mexico, was at a summer camp in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range last month when he went off to get some firewood, according to TheDodo.com.
While gathering the wood, Trevino slipped down into a ravine, collided with a tree and fell down further into a dry riverbed, according to Notocieros Televisa, a Spanish-language website.
Trevino was lost, but not alone.
Max, a camp mascot of sorts, had followed the teen on his firewood run. The dog didn’t leave the boy until they were rescued more than 40 hours later.
The part of the mountain where Trevino and Max were is a very easy place to get lost, according to Martin Castillo, deputy director of the local police.
“It’s very cold at night as it is very high. The child was lucky to find the dog,” he told Mexnoticias.
Max also led the boy to a puddle with water they could drink to stay hydrated, Castillo said.
The two walked on the ravine floor until they became fatigued. Nearly two days later, they managed to find a cabin. The inhabitants helped them until a rescue crew could arrive.
Other than being malnourished and very tired, the boy was stable physically, officials said.
Trevino is now back with his family. Although he hoped to adopt Max, the heroic labrador already has an owner.