Lost hunter sur­vives 6 days in desert with­out wa­ter by eat­ing ants

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A hunter who got lost in a vast Aus­tralian desert man­aged to sur­vive for six days with­out wa­ter by eat­ing ants, po­lice said.

Regi­nald Fog­gerdy, 62, had em­barked on a hunt­ing trip last week with his brother in the Great Vic­to­ria Desert in Western Aus­tralia.

He went miss­ing last Wed­nes­day af­ter set­ting off to hunt an­i­mals in the dry, sandy wilderness, wear­ing only a t-shirt, shorts and flipflops, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Af­ter a "mas­sive" land and air search, po­lice of­fi­cers aided by Abo­rig­i­nal track­ers found Fog­gerdy "ex­tremely de­hy­drated, a bit delu­sional" last Tues­day, said Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Andy Great­wood.

"His last cou­ple of days of sur­vival were achieved by ly­ing down un­der a tree and eat­ing black ants," Great­wood told lo­cal ra­dio. "That's the level of sur­vival that Mr. Fog­gerdy has gone to."

Pho­tos re­lease by Western Aus­tralia Po­lice showed a dusty, un­shaven Fog­gerdy talk­ing to his res­cuers un­der the tree be­fore he was put in a he­li­copter.

Great­wood said the hunter was found about 15 kilo­me­ters (9 miles) from where he went miss­ing, an area roughly 170 kilo­me­ters east of Laver­ton, the near­est town.

"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," he said.

Ants and other in­sects are high­lighted as pos­si­ble sources of nu­tri­ents by sur­vival ex­perts, but it's still ex­tra­or­di­nary that Fog­gerdy man­aged to stay alive for so long in a re­gion where tem­per­a­tures fre­quently soar above 90 de­grees Fahren­heit (32 de­grees Cel­sius).

He had "no what­so­ever for six Great­wood said. wa­ter days,"

Fog­gerdy talk­ing to his res­cuers

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