An adventurous toddler whose disappearance sparked a police hunt has turned up safe and sound – in an bowling alley’s toy vending machine.
Kael Ireland let himself out of his Nebraska apartment while his mother was in the bathroom, crossed the road and made a beeline for the Bear Claw machine in Madsen’s Bowling and Billiards, the Journal Star reported.
The three-year-old was pictured standing in the machine and solemnly examining one of his prizes.
Happily Kael was quickly released after and employee unlocked and opened the front of the game – pausing to bestow the toddler with his plush toy of choice, obviously.
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Writing on Facebook, his mother explained: “He’s very energetic and social – no fear at all. He loves bears, but dinosaurs are his favourite now… and puppies.”