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Two children survive for a month alone in the Amazon rainforest

By T.K. Randall
March 30, 2022 · Comment icon 9 comments

The Amazon rainforest is fraught with dangers. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 CIAT
Two young brothers recently went missing in the dense rainforest and were miraculously found alive 27 days later.
According to reports, Glauco and Gleison Ferreira - aged 6 and 8 - went into the rainforest near their family home in Brazil's Amazonas state on February 18th to catch birds and did not return.

Their disappearance sparked a frantic and extensive search involving 260 volunteers, including experienced search and rescue workers, who spent days attempting to locate them.

With poor weather hampering efforts, the search was called off after a week, however a significant number of people continued to go out into the rainforest anyway in the hope of finding the boys.

Incredibly, 27 days later, a man who had been cutting wood near Palmeira reported hearing a child crying in the forest nearby - 22 miles from where Glauco and Gleison had disappeared.
When he went to investigate, he discovered the two boys who were both very much alive.

Although they were badly malnourished, dehydrated and covered in bites and sores, they were in remarkably good health and made quite a speedy recovery after being taken to hospital.

"They are undernourished and have some skin, ear and back infections," said paediatrician Eugenio Tavares. "Breathing frequency is normal; they don't have coughs."

It is believed that the two boys survived by drinking rain and river water and by eating wild fruit.

The fact that they lasted so long without outside help is nothing short of remarkable.

Source: Oddity Central | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
6 and 8 years old alone in the jungle for a month and lived.  There is a God.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Tatetopa 2 years ago
There are indigenous parents who teach their children life skills.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Autochthon1990 2 years ago
I think we all know who we can thank for this.   
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
That's exactly why some basic survival skill need to be teached rapidly to kids !
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 2 years ago
How did they survive? Plot twist: They were originally 3 children. Jokes aside, there's no way two urban/suburban kids that age would have lived.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Gromdor 2 years ago
Urban/suburban people would indeed have been toast.  Being indigenous does take some of the miracle out of it.  The Amazon jungle is their home.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Herr Falukorv 2 years ago
My 7 and 9 year old wouldnt make it 2 days here at home with the refridgerator full with nice yummy stuff without help giving it to them  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Michelle 2 years ago
Let me guess...they are both boys. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
When my mother and her sisters were kids they were out all day riding horses, sometimes 10 miles from home.  Once when my aunt was 16 she and her friend road from Aztec ( in Northern New Mexico) to Durango Colorado.   They road all day and half the night.   They knew where to find water and where to graze the horses. When I was a kid we used to run somewhat feral as well.  We knew how to take care of wounds, how to find our way home no matter how far out we were, etc.  We knew what to do if we encountered a rattle snake (the only poisonous in our area), coyote, or bear.   We would not ha... [More]

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