3 year old boy was hanging out with friendly bear all along

A 3-year-old boy who was found after missing for two days in the North Carolina woods, says he “hung out with a bear.”

The child, Casey Hathaway, was playing outside his great-grandmother’s house with two other children on Tuesday, when he apparently wandered off into the woods, according to a report by local news channel.

Hundreds of people, drones, helicopters and search dogs searched more than 1,000 acres for the boy, but were unable to find him. Over the next few days, the area experienced freezing temperatures and heavy rain, and some began to fear the worst.

“You could tell he was very cold so we immediately started warming him up once we got him to the vehicle,” Grier said. “The more we warmed him up, it seemed the better he got.”

“Casey is healthy, smiling and talking. He said he hung out with a bear for two days. God sent him a friend to keep him safe,” Hathaway also wrote on Facebook that one of her nephew’s favorite things is the Russian cartoon Masha and the Bear.