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Ten year old boy survives week lost in forest where bears and tigers roam

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 October 2013

A murder probe had been launched after Stepan Ludannyi went missing.

Stepan, the youngest of five children, made a bed of brushwood in a different location each night for a week as he tried to walk his way to safety

He went into the forest near his village in the Russian Far East in search of wild grapes - but lost his way. His parents called the police fearing that he was at risk from bears. Tracks had been seen close to his home in Shumnyi village of Vyazemski district of Khabarovsk region.

The area - close to the Sikhote-Alin - is also the habitat for rare and endangered Siberian tigers and Amur leopards as well as wolves. 

Undaunted Stepan, the youngest of five children, made a bed of brushwood in a different location each night for a week as he tried to walk his way to safety. 

At night, temperatures dipped to around freezing point. He kept alive eating berries, he told rescuers, denying he was scared. 

Because of the length of time he was missing, a murder hunt was launched, said local media reports.

Comments (2)

you are one very strong and lucky young man, Stepan. Get well, so happy you are back home with your family
Donna, UK
02/10/2013 14:48
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good on you Stepan - not sure I would make it for a week lost in taiga, and I am three times as old as you are
Alan, S/E Asia
02/10/2013 11:22
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