By Julie Parise

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — A couple of men canoeing in northern Wisconsin stumbled upon what appeared to be a gruesome find — but it turns out, their discovery made one man very happy.

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Elliot Fuller and Jason Franklin were on Lake Lucerne went they saw what looked like a human foot sticking out of a beaver dam.

“I was pretty terrified to be honest,” said Fuller. “I thought we found a dead body.”

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As the two men got closer — they were relieved to see what it really was: a prosthetic leg.

“That ended up being even more surprising,” Fuller said. “It’s definitely the strangest thing that’s ever happened to me.”

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Fuller and Franklin then took to Craigslist. Turns out, someone had posted an ad claiming to have lost a prosthetic — and offered a $50 reward for its return.

The two buddies met the man and reunited him with the leg, which was actually a spare that the gentleman only used for fishing and boating. They used the reward money to take their families to breakfast nearby.

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“It feels good,” said Fuller. “If I lost something that important, I’d want someone to return it.”

He’s left not just with a good feeling — but a great story.

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“Oh, it’s a campfire story, for sure,” he said.

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