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A file photo shows the sun shining on the outback landscape June 7, 2005 near Marree, Australia.
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A 62-year-old man who got stranded alone in the Australian desert for nearly a week and survived only by eating ants said he was “lucky” to be alive.

Reg Foggerdy, a grandfather from the city of Perth, spoke to Australian broadcaster 7 News about his ordeal while hunting a feral camel. “I’d given up,” Foggerdy said, adding that he still intends to go back and find his rifle.

Stuck in the Outback without food or water, he said he got the idea to consume the insects from watching TV shows featuring survival expert Bear Grylls.

[7 News]

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