After seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka was abandoned in a forest in northern Japan as punishment by his parents, he has finally been found after six days, according to authorities.
His parents said that he was misbehaving so they made him get out of the car on a mountain road in a bear-inhabited forest. He reportedly had no food or water and when they went back to collect him, he wasn’t there.
The parents originally told police he’d gotten lost when they were all out hiking, and military have been searching for him ever since.
A fire department rescuer, Satoshi Saito, told AFP: “The boy was found alive, but we don’t have information on details of his condition.”
He was found in a building on an exercise area in Hokkaido, 5km away from where he went missing.
Yamato was allegedly “curled up” on a mattress, and the building had no heating. Weather reports say there was heavy rainfall in the area and overnight temperatures dropped to 7 degrees.
Broadcaster NHK reports he’s been taken to hospital.
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