Story By: Anna Guran, Sub Editor: Alex Cope, Agency:Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the Omsk Region
This adorable three-year-old boy has been found alive after two days lost alone in a Russian forest inhabited by wolves and bears following a day out picking berries with relatives.
The incident took place in the district of Bolsherechensky in the southern Russian region of Omsk Oblast while little Kolya Barkhatov was collecting berries with his family in the remote area.
According to local media, the tot suddenly burst into tears and asked his father to take him back to the car.
His dad agreed but told the three-year-old not to move from his seat as relatives continued to pick berries just 10 metres (33 feet) from the vehicle.
After 15 minutes, the family came back to the car, but the youngster had reportedly disappeared.
Picture Credit: CEN/Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the Omsk Region
They searched for over three hours before calling the emergency services.
During the next two days, around 500 people took part in the search operation, according to the local authorities.
Using helicopters, all-terrain vehicles, drones and even horses, the search team scanned an area of over 50 square kilometres (20 square miles).
The team was reportedly made up of members of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Russian Guards, as well as local police and volunteers.
Little Kolya was found in a remote area inhabited by wolves and bears, surrounded by swampland and covered in mosquito bites, according to local media. In the video, rescuers can be seen carrying the boy as he is wrapped in an emergency blanket after being found.
Reportedly diagnosed with shock, dehydration and hypothermia, the three-year-old is currently receiving medical attention and is said to be in a stable condition.
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