Meet Real Ant Man: Australian Who Survived Outback For Six Days By Eating Ants

Posted: Nov 3 2015, 7:14am CST | by , Updated: Nov 3 2015, 7:31am CST , in Latest Science News


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Meet Real Ant Man: Australian Who Survived Outback for Six Days by Eating Ants
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  • Australian Recounts Ordeal of Surviving on Ants
  • Reg Foggerdy, a stranded man in Australia survives six days by eating ants

Man recounts his experience of being stranded in the wild for six days without food and water and surviving on ants.

Reg Foggerdy, 62 is finally ready to talk about his six days long ordeal in the Australian wild. Reg was out in the Australian north side with his brother on a hunting trip. Reg was a diabetic and had a heart attack few months prior to the trip. He was not in the best of health.

When he chased out a camel he had shot 16 km further into the inland, he was lost. He had no idea where he was or how to get back.

"I followed this camel into the bush. I'd gone at least 30k, I didn't know where I was," he told CNN affiliate Seven Network.

The camel he had shot was in front of him but he had no means to devour it. The only things he had were the shirt on his back, his hat, the shorts he was wearing, a hat and flip flops. The days were extremely hot and he was stranded beyond rescue, without water.

"I didn't have a knife, and I didn't have matches for a fire," he said. "So I couldn't go and cut a steak off the animal because I had no way to cook it and had no way to cut it."

Reg remembered from a survival show he had watched earlier that he could survive on ants. Reg devoured ants to survive in the wilderness. He ate 12 ants on the first day and 18 on the next. He was losing function and hope.

"He was eating black ants, that's how he survived. So, fantastic survival skills by him, and fantastic skills by our trackers who found him in an extremely remote location," Goldfields Police superintendent Andy Greatwood said. "It was extremely hot, extremely remote, and most people probably wouldn't have survived."

Reg says that it was tough and he was losing hope. In his head, he had imagined the worst scenarios. He could see the rescue helicopters passing overhead. He said they couldn’t get sight of him across the shelter of trees he was under to avoid the sun.

By sixth day, he had said his goodbye in his head and went back to look for his gun. Unknown to him, an Aboriginal tracker was tracking his tracks and they found him.

"I've heard of people dying after three days with no water," he told 7 News. "I don't know why I survived six days."

Reg told the police that he was dehydrated and a little bit delusional when they found him. He was airlifted to the hospital where he was taken care of. Reg opened about his which he explains was traumatic and not easy to talk about.

The police sources say that the days Reg was lost were extremely hot. He said that Reg was very brave to have survived the way he did.

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