Two boys from Missouri who met as friends later found out they were biological brothers.
Isaac Nolting, 12, was adopted when he was a baby, while Dakotah Zimmer, 13, grew up with his maternal grandmother.
In June 2012, the pair were swimming and playing at a pool in Washington, Missouri, when some of the other kids pointed out that the two boys looked alike and asked if they were brothers, according to Rare.
Zimmer knew he had a brother he had never met who was adopted by a woman named Dawn. “That’s my mom’s name!” Isaac replied.
That night, Isaac sat his mom down for a talk and asked if he was adopted. She told her son the truth and they both began to shed tears.
“He looked at me with his big, black eyes and asked, ‘Mom, am I adopted?’” Isaac’s adoptive mother, Dawn Nolting, 42, recalls. “I said, ‘What makes you think that?’ And he said, ‘Because I think I found my brother.’”
“I just cried and cried and cried,” Isaac told TODAY.com. “I was so happy that I had a brother. I always asked for one.”
Their biological mother died in spring 2007, and a year later, their father died. Isaac was put up for adoption when he was 18 months old, while Zimmer and his 10-year-old sister, Ashley, lived with their maternal grandmother, Debi Bay.
“You can just tell they’re brothers,” Dawn says. “It’s the strongest bond that I’ve ever seen. It’s like they were never separated. For being apart for 10 years and 20 minutes away, they picked up right where they left off.”
Watch their touching story below:
Sources: Rare, TODAY.com