September 23, 2016 / 11:37 AM / a year ago

Lost toddler survives three days in Siberian taiga alone

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian toddler who went missing in the Siberian taiga was found three days later, alive and healthy, Russian media and the emergencies ministry reported.

Three-year-old Tserin disappeared from his home in a remote village in Tyva in southern Siberia last weekend. Left unattended, he had chased after his dogs, who led him into the taiga - a forest between the tundra and the steppes populated by wild animals ranging from bears and wolves to lynx and foxes.

A picture, released by the Russian Emergencies Ministry on September 21, 2016, shows a rescuer carrying a three-year-old boy Tserin, who went missing in the Siberian Taiga area and was found three days later, at a landing site in Tyva region, Russia. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via

Three days of searches by more than 100 police and rescue workers, sniffer dogs and a helicopter yielded no result. Eventually, the boy heard his uncle calling and replied. He was just a few kilometers from his house.

The first thing the little boy asked for was his toy car, a rescue worker said, according to local media.

Tserin probably survived because he didn’t panic, a local emergency worker was quoted as saying. The first thing he did after he got lost was finish some chocolate in one of his pockets. Then he laid down in a dry spot under a larch tree and fell asleep.

Quite predictably, he has already been nicknamed Mowgli.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov, editing by Larry King

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