A 7 year-old Japanese boy abandoned in a dense forest by his parents for misbehaving was found alive and well Friday.
Yamato Tanooka was discovered by soldiers in a military training base several kilometres from he was left nearly a week ago.
His parents left him by the side of a road last Saturday in a forest reputedly ridden with bears as punishment for throwing stones at cars.
They couldn’t find him when they returned several minutes later, setting off a massive search and sparking international outrage.
Japanese media reported the boy was found in longhouse-style hut in a military drill area that had no heat, power, or food.
Yamato reportedly huddled between mattresses on the floor and drank water from the solitary faucet outside the hut for several days.
Appearing outside the hospital where the boy was flown in by helicopter, his father apologized, admitting “we went too far.”
The doctor who examined the boy said he was dehydrated and had minor scratches on his arms and feet, but no serious health risks were found.
Police have said the parents could face charges for negligence.
With files from Rana Aladdin