在山里，他还遇上了一群狒狒 （a troop of baboons），其中一只还把他弄伤了。
男孩很幸运，他不断向前行，沿着篱笆走，失踪了将近 24 个小时后，他找到了一所房子，一名农夫赶紧把他收留了。
“I kept thinking I should follow the river, follow the light, follow the sun and eventually there will be buildings and roads and people and I could call home。”
很简单的一段话，却富含道理。小男孩的求生意志很强，凭着 “顺着光亮” 走的信念，在孤寂中不断向前行，结果，他拯救了自己。
Stuart Graham, Johannesburg
October 19 2016 The Times
Rescue workers hailed the survival instincts of a 12-year-old Boy Scout who endured a baboon attack and used urine-soaked leaves to keep warm through the night after he got separated from his troop.
Tristan Smyth, who has poor eyesight and asthma, was wandering for almost 24 hours in the Magaliesberg mountains outside Johannesburg.
Anita Smyth, his mother, said that he lost his Scout group at a mountain pool at about lunchtime on Saturday. He was barefoot and wearing only his swimming trunks when he realised he had been left behind.
He walked up a hill but went in the wrong direction until night fell and the temperature dropped. He tried to follow the moon to safety but the sky clouded over.
Later he heard what he thought were human voices. He ran towards them only to discover that he had stumbled into a troop of baboons. One of the creatures scratched Tristan who jumped into a gorge to escape.
He found water and washed the blood off his wounds, for which he would later need rabies injections. As the night grew later, hail stones pelted down upon the boy. To keep warm he instinctively used his own urine to stick leaves to his body.
Paramedics began searching for Tristan on Saturday evening. By the next morning mountain search and rescue, the police’s K9 and air-wing units and local farmers were searching.
“I heard one of the policemen say it was time to call in the divers to start searching the pools and dams,” Mrs Smyth said. “That was when my legs gave in.”
Minutes later, shortly after 11am, Mrs Smyth’s mobile phone rang. Her son had been found.
Tristan had followed a fence until he found a house, where he was taken in by a farmer and given a warm meal. A helicopter airlifted him to his mother, who was waiting nearby. He was dehydrated and traumatised and had suffered cuts and scratches from the baboon.
He said he had never felt so alone in the hours he was lost in the dark, but the thought of seeing his mother again kept him going.
“I kept thinking I should follow the river, follow the light, follow the sun and eventually there will be buildings and roads and people and I could call home,” he told the Randburg Sun newspaper.
“I got scared thinking they would not find me, I did stop and got emotional, but then I just kept on going.” Rescuers have called the boy a hero, saying they had never seen a 12-year-old do what he did to survive as the terrain was steep and rough.
Magaliesberg, where many battles were fought during the Anglo Boer War from 1899 to 1902, is home to leopards, wild dogs and about 30 species of snake.
“Many adults would battle [struggle] in that situation,” an off-road rescue duty officer who was involved in the search, said. “I would not volunteer to walk through that barefoot.”
Mrs Smyth said the family was having trouble sleeping and that her son was having frequent nightmares. “He can’t seem to sleep for longer than an hour and a half,” she said.
The family are receiving counselling at a local police station.
Tristan said he and his family had never been closer, but that he would suspend his scouting hobby for now.