A little boy miraculously survived ‘spending two nights with bears and wolves’ after he went missing in a forest.
Kolya Barkhatov, 3, disappeared when his family went picking berries in the Omsk region of Russia.
He was found asleep less than a mile from the place he went missing by a team of women rescuers, part of a massive 700-strong search operation with helicopters, sniffer dogs and horses.
Video shows little Kolya appears in ‘shock’ and ‘disorientated’.
Rescuers put him in a foil blanket and gave him hot water to keep warm. He was taken to hospital for a checkup.
He told emergency workers that he had been drinking water from a bog to survive.
It’s said that Kolya had got bored of picking berries with his parents and his two siblings and asked to wait in the family car.
But he was gone missing when they returned 15 minutes later
There were fears Kolya had been kidnapped and an 50 square mile search was launched.
In fact he had wandered off into the dense forest where wild bears, wolves and lynx all live, with night time temperatures of around 5C.
His father Stepan Barkhatov said: “We were picking berries.
“There was high grass. He was with me all the time.”
After he asked to go back to the car, he was alone for 15 minutes – and vanished – even though his father “told him not to leave”.
Kolya was on his own in the wild for more than 40 hours including two full nights when temperatures plummeted.
A health ministry spokesman said: “Because of extreme dehydration intravenous therapy was started while the boy was transported to hospital.
“He was warmed and fed.”
He is in intensive care for checks and is being given psychological help.
Social media hailed the boy as a “miracle survivor”.
“There is no way to express such happiness – the child was given second life,” said Tatyana Oschepkova.
“You have been born again,” said another.
But there were criticisms of his parents for leaving him alone in the car.
“They made a big mistake leaving him alone,” said one.