Boy survives wolf-infested wilderness Source September 24, 2016, Saturday
A 3-year-old boy was recovering in hospital yesterday after surviving the cold alone for three days in the wolf-infested Siberian wilderness, officials said.
Tserin Dopchut was found in a forest 3 kilometers from his village on Wednesday following a major search operation, reportedly living off a handful of chocolate after going missing while playing with the family dogs.
“Doctors say that he has recovered from shock and that his condition is getting closer to satisfactory,” said Dolaana Salchak, a spokeswoman for the regional authorities. “He is eating and despite getting cold he contracted no illnesses.”
The head of the Tuva region, on the border with Mongolia, said the child was eventually discovered after responding to the calls of his uncle who was scouring the area for him alongside rescuers. Regional chief Sholban Kara-ool quoted the boy as saying he had eaten all the chocolate he had in his pocket and then relaxed and went to sleep. “It turns out the little nipper found a dry place under a larch tree and slept there.”
The Tuva region has one of the highest population of wolves in Russia, with the numbers of predators growing sharply in the 1990s after the authorities halted programmes to cull them.
Temperatures in the area at night are currently getting down to under 5 degrees Celsius.
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