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(Birrindudu, Australia) An Australian man lost in the Outback for 10 weeks said that he survived on a diet of frogs, grasshoppers, and leeches.
"I ate the leeches raw, straight out of the dam, grasshoppers I just ate them," said Ricky Megee Thursday. "But the only thing I really sort of had to cook was the frogs. I slipped them onto a bit of wire and stuck the wire on top of my humpy (bush shelter), let the sun dry them out a fair bit until they were a bit crispy and then just ate them."
The emaciated man was found by farm workers at a rough shelter on the banks of a dam on a remote cattle property in the Northern Territory. Megee, who is believed to be from Queensland, was suffering from severe malnutrition and exposure.
Mark Clifford, who manages the Birrindudu cattle station, said the area was one of the "most isolated places in Australia."
"It's probably not too bad out there if you've got a hardy constitution, which he obviously does," Clifford said. "It's the middle of the wet season at the moment, so he had enough water to keep himself in a decent state. So it's not as hard as people think. And there's lots of frogs and snakes and lizards about. They don't give you much nutrition, but they give you enough. Still, he was 105 kilos [230lb] before it happened and was 48 kilos afterwards."