Toddler survives three days in wolf-inhabited Siberian forest

Toddler survives three days in Siberian forest
Toddler survives three days in Siberian forest

A three-year-old boy has survived three days in a Siberian woodland full of wolves and bears.

A huge search was launched by Russian authorities and local people for Tserin Dopchut after he went missing while his great grandmother was looking after him.

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It is believed he may had followed a puppy into the forest as her back was turned and then lost his bearings.

The boy, from the village of Khut in the Tuva Republic, had a bar of chocolate in his pocket, which he nibbled on.

According to the Metro, he managed to sleep on a makeshift bed under a larch tree, which kept him sheltered and dry between its roots.

The boy was eventually found by his uncle, who had joined the search. He recognised his uncle's voice calling out for him and, after a hug, immediately asked if his toy car was ok. He had suffered no injuries.

According to the Telegraph, regional emergencies' chief Ayas Saryglar told the Siberian Times: "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."

His village have dubbed him 'Mowgli' and are throwing a party to celebrate his survival.