Lost toddler survives three days in freezing Siberian wilderness

A 3-year-old boy is being dubbed as 'Mowgli' after miraculously surviving three days in a remote forest in Russia's Siberia, braving near-freezing temperatures and a woodland teaming with wolves and bears.

PTI September 23, 2016 21:16:44 IST
Lost toddler survives three days in freezing Siberian wilderness

Moscow: A 3-year-old boy is being dubbed as 'Mowgli' after miraculously surviving three days in a remote
forest in Russia's Siberia, braving near-freezing temperatures and a woodland teaming with wolves and bears.

Tserin Dopchut survived by eating his own supply of chocolate and on his good sense after finding a dry makeshift bed under a larch tree. His rescue was personally announced by the head of Tuva Republic, Sholban Kara-Ool, who blogged: "Hurray! Little Tserin has been found alive!"

Lost toddler survives three days in freezing Siberian wilderness

A soldier carries the 3-year-old boy rescued after going missing in Siberian forest. AP

"They discovered him earlier this morning after a search in the taiga some 3 kilometres from the village of Khut," he was quoted as saying by the Siberian Times.

A huge search had been launched for the boy who disappeared after playing with dogs near his family home in the forests of Piy-Khemsky district. He may have followed a young puppy into the woodland despite the watchful eye of his great grandmother who was in-charge of him when he was lost. He was eventually found on Wednesday after 72 hours in the wilderness.

More than 100 people including Russian Emergency Ministry's rescuers, police, volunteers, as well as close and distant family members joined the frantic hunt. A helicopter also flew over a search area of some 120 square km.

Regional emergencies' chief Ayas Saryglar said, "Of course, the situation was very dangerous. The river Mynas is fast and cold. If a small child fell in, it would be certain death."

"There are wolves, and bears in the forest. The bears are now fattening for the winter. They can attack anything that moves. In addition, it is warm during the day, but at night there are even frosts. If we consider that the kid disappeared during the day, he was not properly dressed — only a shirt and shoes, no coat," he said.

Regional head Kara-Ool said, "He (the boy) recognised his uncle's voice calling his name, and called back. Once his uncle hugged him, the little boy asked if his toy car was okay. He said that he had some chocolate which he ate during the first day."

"Then he found a dry place under a larch tree and slept there between the roots. The whole village is throwing a party to celebrate his survival. He was given the second name of Mowgli," Kara-Ool said.

Searches had gone on day and night. His home village Khut has a population of around 400. There are 63 houses, and locals all joined together to hunt for the missing child. Doctors say he has suffered no serious damage from his ordeal.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Alexei Navalny: Why arrest of Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic has left Russia engulfed by protests
World

Alexei Navalny: Why arrest of Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic has left Russia engulfed by protests

Tens of thousands nationwide answered Navalny's call to rally, issued after he was detained at a Moscow airport on arrival from Germany, where he had been recovering from a near-fatal poisoning with a nerve agent

ITIA hands life bans to Russian tennis players Alija Merdeeva, Sofia Dmitrieva for match-fixing
Sports

ITIA hands life bans to Russian tennis players Alija Merdeeva, Sofia Dmitrieva for match-fixing

The International Tennis Integrity Agency said Alija Merdeeva was found guilty of two counts of match-fixing. Sofia Dmitrieva was found guilty on six counts of match-fixing and was also charged with failing to cooperate with an investigation.

Kremlin cracks down on Alexei Navalny allies ahead of planned protests across Russia
World

Kremlin cracks down on Alexei Navalny allies ahead of planned protests across Russia

Allies of President Vladimir Putin's top critics are planning to hold demonstrations on Saturday in dozens of cities in support of Opposition leader Navalny, who was arrested and held behind bars on his return to Russia following a near-fatal poisoning with a nerve agent