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Man Survives Six Days in Australian Outback by Eating Ants

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | October 15, 2015

Man Survives Six Days in Australian Outback by Eating Ants

Photo via Twitter/WA_Police

Australia's Outback is undoubtedly one of the destination's premier natural attractions. But it's no place to get lost.

Yet somehow, one hunter did just that and lived to tell about it.

CNN reported 62-year-old Reginald Foggerdy was in Australia's Great Victoria Desert on a hunting trip with his brother when he went missing Oct. 7.

Despite battling scorching-hot temperatures and not having any food or water, Foggerdy was able to survive six days on his own thanks to some quick thinking. 

"His last couple of days of survival were achieved by lying down under a tree and eating black ants," Western Australia Police Superintendent Andy Greatwood told local radio via CNN. "That’s the level of survival that Mr. Foggerdy has gone to."

Foggerdy, who was missing for nearly a week, was said to be "extremely dehydrated" and "a bit delusional" when discovered earlier this week. Authorities said he wandered at least nine miles over that time, winding up in an area more than 100 miles away from the nearest town.

The Western Australia Police posted several images of Foggerdy to Twitter, highlighting his improbable survival.

"He's received treatment — first aid — on the ground and it's fair to say he's now sitting up and talking — so looking very positive," Greatwood said via CNN.

While travelers should always be aware of their surroundings and keep food and water nearby when heading into nature, getting lost in Australia's Great Desert is a lot easier than it would seem. After all, the desert is the largest on the continent, spanning hundreds of miles across southwestern Australia. 


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