7-yr-old boy survived 7 days alone in the Wilderness(Read how)

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A seven-year-old boy abandoned in the northern Japanese wilderness in cold, rainy weather managed to survive for a week until being rescued - despite being left with no food or water and wearing only jeans and a t-shirt.

Yamato Tanooka's parents abandoned him in the forests of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, as a punishment for misbehaviour after throwing rocks at cars last Saturday.

Six days later he was found, suffering from exhaustion, inside an unused military building kilometres away from where was last seen, according to reports.

Search Team

After being discovered by a soldier, he told police he had been drinking water from a tap outside the building while he was staying inside the military base.

He'd walked about 5.5km to the site, where he took shelter inside a hut where a door had been left unlocked and slept between mattresses, which likely kept him warm.

In the forest where Yamato was left on his own, overnight temperatures dropped to 7 degrees and there had been heavy rainfall in recent days.

Dr. Yoshiyuki Sakai, the doctor who examined Yamato, told Asahi TV the child appeared to be in a good condition for a boy who had not had food for six days.

He was suffering mild dehydration and malnutrition, and had a mild rash and scratches on his arms and legs, the doctor said.

Arial View of the forest

He was taken to Hakodate Hospital by helicopter and reunited with his parents.

According to reports, when he was found, the boy asked for water, bread and rice balls.

More than 180 rescuers, including soldiers, had been scouring the area where the parents said they dropped the boy off.

In an interview with TV Asahi after the child was found, his father Takayuki Tanooka revealed that he had 'apologised to Yamato'.

He also admitted he'd 'gone too far'.

'First of all, it's really great he is safe. I can't find words. It's good.'

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