A small japanese boy missing since Saturday in a dense, remote forest in Japan has been found alive and well.
Yamato Tanooka was left in a wooded area on Hokkaido, the northernmost main Japanese island, on Saturday afternoon.
Today, after six nights alone in the forest and a mass search by police and military personnel, Yamato has been found.
Military personnel found the boy in a hut by chance during an exercise around 5km from where he is thought to have gone missing.
‘He was incredibly calm considering he had been missing for seven days. He didn’t panic at all,’ said a doctor.
Yamato’s parents said they made the boy get out of the car on a mountain road because he was misbehaving. They had initially claimed he had got lost while the family were picking wild vegetables.
Father Takayuki Tanooka told reporters outside the hospital in Hakodate that the ‘first thing I did was apologise to him.’
‘We’ve raised him in a loving family, but from now on we’ll do even more to love him and keep a close watch on him as he grows up,’ he said.