Beautiful moment mother is reunited with her son, 4, after he vanished for 21 ...

Beautiful moment mum is reunited with her son, 4, after he wandered off with his neighbour's dog and got lost in near-freezing woods for 21 hours wearing a nappy and blue gumboots Four-year-old Axel had emotional reunion with his parents after being missing He wandered off from his home in Tolaga Bay in New Zealand's north east Search crews with up to 100 volunteers scoured the area through the night Axel had been with a white dog at the time which returned to its owner alone Police confirmed the little boy was found safe and well on Wednesday morning 

By Eliza Mcphee and Alana Tindale For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 04:00 BST, 5 May 2021 | Updated: 04:00 BST, 5 May 2021

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A four-year-old New Zealand boy who was missing for 21 hours has had an emotional reunion with his parents. 

One of the 100 volunteers searching for Axel found him 4km from his home at Tolaga Bay on the country's north-east coast on Wednesday morning. 

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A massive search team including police, drones, a rescue helicopter and a local rugby team worked tirelessly to find the little boy, who got lost after wandering off with a neighbour's dog. 

A heartwarming video has shown the moment the crying little boy is taken into his emotional parents arms (pictured)

A heartwarming video has shown the moment the crying little boy is taken into his emotional parents arms (pictured)

A heartwarming video captured the moment the crying little boy was taken into his emotional parents' arms.  

The volunteer searcher who found Axel told TVNZ he was crying and calling out for his mother.

'Very emotional, very disorientated and calling out to his mum,' the searcher said.

'I'm just a stranger to him but I just said to him that his mum was looking for him.

'He had tears to his eyes, brought tears to my eyes, but all he wanted was his mum and he was a pretty strong young fella.'

Axel was wearing just a shirt and his blue gum boots that he had been in at the time he disappeared

Axel was wearing just

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