Missing boy: lizards, mozzies and lots of helicopters

WALLU'S lost and found five-year-old, Ahlee Grant, knew to expect lizards and snakes in the Australian bush, but he did not realise there were so many helicopters.

When pre-school pals asked him this morning what he had seen during his fearful day of wandering lost in the Cooloola wallum country, he told them: "Trees, lots of trees - and helicopters."

With no food or water, the plucky pre-schooler admitted to having a little cry and to being a little scared as day wore on and turned into early evening.

"I was going to sleep on some grass, but it had lots of prickles," he said this morning.

Addressing his first media conference at Kiddly Winks on Friday, he showed the mosquito and sand fly bites that covered his lower legs.

He also explained how his dog, Mollie, had wanted to go in what Ahlee thought was the wrong direction.

"I told her to go this way," he said indicating towards his left hand side.

"There was water, but it was yucky," he said of the swampy area he had wandered into.

And the story has become even more adventurous with re-telling.

"I saw snakes - three," he said, holding up five fingers. "And lizards.

"I saw the helicopters. They were trying to save me and I called out but they didn't hear me.

"So I decided to go back and my dad found me."

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Missing 5 year old Ahlee Grant tells of his ordeal.
Missing 5 year old Ahlee Grant tells of his ordeal. Greg Miller

So will Ahlee venture back into the bushland wilderness around his home?

"Yes," he said yesterday. "But with a big person."

"He's a great little story teller," pre-school director Lyn Harold said.

Dad, Michael Grant, agreed.

"It was just a fluke," he said of his good fortune in finding Ahlee, well away from where he normally likes to explore.

"I just had an intuition to go over that hill there," he said, pointing to a ridge on his side of the Tin Can Bay Rd.

"Over the next ridge and down a gully and there he was.

"He was pretty excited to see us. He was actually in pretty good spirits.

"The weeds were up to here (waste high on an adult), so I had to carry him."

Mum, Emma Ganua, said she was just glad the ordeal was over and her son was safe.

"We were very stressed," she said.

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