A golden lab is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a 14 year old boy trapped in a mountain range in North Eastern Mexico. The boy, Juan Heriberto Trevino was on a summer camp when he became separated from his group whilst searching for firewood, mistakenly slipping and falling down a ravine. Luckily for Trevino, Max the Labrador, whom Trevino had only met a few hours prior noticed the boy’s fall and refused to leave his side until rescued.
Max and Trevino cuddled together to keep warm, took shelter under a tree and spent over 44 hours together waiting for rescuers.
“I grabbed [Max] and put him on my legs to not be so cold and hugged the dog,” Trevino told Noticieros Televisa.
Max even led Trevino to a puddle of water to hydrate the boy.
Authorities say if not for Trevino’s canine friend, the boy may not have made it out alive.
“In that part of the mountain it is very easy to get lost. In addition, it’s very cold at night, as it is very high,” Martin Castillo, deputy director of the local police, told reporters. “The child was lucky to find the dog.”
The boy suffered some exhaustion and dehydration but was overall fine. Max has been praised as a hero dog and reunited with his owners in the local area.