Russian Toddler Rescued After Days in Siberian Wilderness

MOSCOW — A 3-year-old boy has been hailed as a real-life “Mowgli” after surviving three days lost in the Siberian wilderness with just a piece of chocolate and canine companions.

Tserin Dopchut disappeared Sunday from the tiny village of Khut, some 2,900 miles east of Moscow, in the Russian republic of Tuva.

The boy was being looked after by his grandmother, who let him out of her sight when she was doing the laundry, the Russian news website reported.

More than 100 rescuers and a helicopter were deployed to search for the toddler, the local branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said Friday.

But the operation seemed hopeless given the vast area of the Siberian forest — and the fact it’s full of bears and wolves.


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