Dog who got separated from her owner as while they were lost in bushland 18 days is found alive and well a week after the man made it out alive
- Robert Weber was last seen leaving the Kilkivan Hotel Motel with his dog Nessie
- Mr Weber’s Ford Falcon got bogged in the bush and he went in search of water
- The 58-year-old was found a week ago, but there was no sign of the Bull Arab
A dog who was separated from her owner when his car got bogged in bushland has miraculously been found alive after almost a month.
Robert Weber was last seen leaving the Kilkivan Hotel Motel in southeast Queensland with his Bull Arab Nessie on January 6.
The 58-year-old was found sitting under a tree, dehydrated and disoriented, 18 days later – but there was no sign of Nessie.
Mr Weber feared the worst, until his pet stumbled on to the property of Gympie MP Tony Perret on Sunday afternoon.
Pictured: Robert Weber, 58, after he was lost in bushland for 18 days with his dog, Nessie
‘I called Robert yesterday to let him know and he was just elated that we’d found the dog,’ Mr Perret told the ABC.
‘Like everyone, he thought he’d never see the dog again but when I was able to make contact with him yesterday, he was most pleased that the dog had been found.’
Nessie lost some weight, but he said she appeared lively and strong with no injuries.
The pair were stranded in the bush when Mr Weber’s car got stuck while he drove along an unfamiliar stretch of road.
Pictured: MP Tony Perret after he saw Nessie stumble into his yard on Sunday aftternoon
Pictured: Member for Gympie Tony Perrett and his wife Michele. The pair also found Mr Weber on their property
He stayed with Nessie in the Ford Falcon for three days waiting for help to arrive, but was forced to leave the vehicle when he ran out of water.
Mr Weber told Seven News the dog didn’t want to follow him to get water, so he decided to go on his own.
‘I said, “right, you stay and I’ll be back with some water with a two-litre juice bottle”, and I never ever made it back.’
Mr Weber said he tried to look the pilot of the rescue helicopter ‘in the eye’ during the search efforts, but the pilot didn’t see him.
Mr Weber told rescuers he survived on wild mushrooms and drank dam water to survive and was treated for exposure. Pictured: Me Weber after he was found
Police suspended the air and land search a week after Mr Weber went missing, but Mr Perrett decided to keep searching.
Two weeks later, he was miraculously found sitting under a tree near a dam by local Mr Perrett and his wife Michelle – just 3km from where the abandoned Ford was discovered a week earlier.
The couple said they kept an eye out for Nessie in case she followed, but they didn’t expect to find her.
‘It was only just sheer luck, our property is a 15,000 acre grazing property,’ Mr Perret told The Courier-Mail.
The pair were stranded in the bush when Mr Weber’s Ford Falcon got stuck while he drove along an unfamiliar stretch of road.
‘If we hadn’t been mustering that property for another month, the reality is we would never have found Robert alive, we wouldn’t have known he was in there.’
Mr Weber told rescuers he survived on wild mushrooms and drank dam water to survive and was treated for exposure.
He will be reunited with Nessie in coming days.