Police said Reg Foggerdy, 62, had survived in a remote Australian desert in searing heat without water by eating black ants for six days.
When he failed to return, family members raised the alarm and a search by police trackers finally found him 15 kilometers from where he went missing.
Goldfields Police Superintendent said that Foggerdy had been sitting under the same tree for the last two days, with no water during his ordeal.
“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,” Andy Greatwood told the West Australian newspaper.
“He was extremely dehydrated, a bit delusional, but we’ve administered first aid and rehydrated him and it’s pleasing to say he is now sitting up and talking.
“It was extremely hot, extremely remote, and most people probably wouldn’t have survived.”
His wife Arlyn said it is a miracle. “How you can survive without water and food is a miracle,” she told ABC radio.
Arlyn said she cried after hearing the news but delighted that her husband managed to stay alive.