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Blue heeler Max was awarded a police honour after staying by her side for more than 15 hours in the wild and eventually leading rescuers to the child.

Max came to the rescue after three-year-old Aurora went missing when she wandered off into bushland on a rural property in Queensland state.

Emergency services launched a desperate search for her on foot and from the air on Friday, but could not find her.

But they were aided in their search by the 17-year-old dog, who had stayed with the child during a rainy night before leading her distraught family and rescuers to her on Saturday morning.

Leisa (the child's grandmother) heard Aurora's voice, then found Max first.

Leisa's partner Kelly Benston said: "Max then led her to Aurora."

The blue heeler was praised by the police for his good deed.

Queensland Police posted on Facebook: "SUCH A GOOD BOY, MAX!

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For keeping her safe until she was found, you're now an honorary police dog!"

The police posted the praise alongside a picture of the pet.

The little girl had thankfully only suffered minor scratches and was in good spirits, according to rescuers.

She was found on the property more than a mile from the family home emergency services coordinator Ian Phipps told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Phipps said: "The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in."

"So she'd travelled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her."