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Miraculous survival of 3 year old 'Mowgli' boy lost in taiga for 72 hours

By The Siberian Times reporter
21 September 2016

Local hero Tserin Dopchut survived ALONE in temperatures nudging zero in forest alive with wolves, bears and dangerous rivers.

A huge search had been launched for the boy who disappeared after playing with dogs near his family home. Picture: Tuva Online

The young boy survived by eating his own supply of chocolate, and his good sense 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! 

'They discovered him earlier this morning after a search in the taiga some 3 kilometres from the village of Khut.'

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.

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Tserin found

'Hurray! Little Tserin has been found alive! They discovered him earlier this morning after a search in the taiga some 3 kilometres from the village of Khut.'

Picture: Sholban Kara-ool

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 over flew 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.'

Regional head Sholban Kara-Ool explained:  'He 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. 

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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. Picture: The Siberian Times

'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.

'It is now predicted he will become a rescuer himself, because he showed incredible stamina for his age by surviving for so long alone in these cold woods.' 

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.

His father serves in the army, and most of his family were gathering in the last hay in the fields when he vanished. 

Comments (18)

a miraculous job....hats off to dem
syeda muneza , pakistan
01/10/2016 23:39
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Hello Tserin, good day! Thanks to the rescuers, a great job indeed!!
Sajjad Zaheer, Dhaka, Bangladesh
26/09/2016 18:19
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I'm happy to hear that the little Terin has survived,and that he is in safe hands now. Thanks to the whole community in Khut.
Cornelis, Netherlands
26/09/2016 15:04
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Moving story because the terrain is very dangerous. Wishing Церин Допчут and his family счастливой и блаженной жизни form an old man in Indonesia. I will always remember your name,Big Mowgli!
Michael Lee, Jakarta/Indonesia
26/09/2016 02:32
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Wonderful news.
Abdul wassae, Pakistan
24/09/2016 15:47
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What a touching tale of this innocent kid. Hats off to the search party and the people of the village. Blessed is the little one!!
Hari, Bangalore, India
24/09/2016 13:41
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I'm glad to see others understand that animals, if left unmolested, will care for little ones. It's been 20 years or so since a little girl, in a similar situation, told rescuers the dogs came at night and kept her warm. The tracks showed that the 'dogs' were wolves.
jeanette, wisconsin, usa
24/09/2016 10:25
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What a moving story...with such a happy ending.
Frank Neumaier, Phoenix Arizona, USA
24/09/2016 06:54
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I thank God the brave little boy is safe and sound in the arms of his parents. May he continue to be blessed.
Lora S, Ohio USA
24/09/2016 04:14
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Sholban Kara-ool's photo of Tserin Dopchut's family holding him while he drinks is very moving. Congratulations to the Khut community!
Pattie Covert, Leesburg, Virginia, USA
23/09/2016 22:56
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Maybe he has a wolf or bear as his spirit guide. So happy for this family and the village. What a smart, resourceful little man!
will ashbless, usa
23/09/2016 22:29
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Thank God, he was found.
Aggelos, Greece
23/09/2016 14:32
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Am glad 'Mowgli' is back home safe. What an adventure, a story that his great grandchildren will share with everyone and their great grandchildren.
Siva Sankar, Beijing, China
23/09/2016 07:09
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Thanks to God he was found safe. He is going to have a great future, the bears and wolves knew that and did not attack him.
Gunilla Paterlini, Helsinki Finland
23/09/2016 02:31
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Awesome kid! Glad he is well.
Nico de Vries, Netherlands
23/09/2016 01:06
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