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German survives on flies while lost in Outback

Tourist Lost In The Australian Outback Survived By Eating Flies

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - A German tourist who was missing for more than two weeks in the Australian Outback survived by eating flies after becoming lost and stranded by floodwaters, police said Friday.

Daniel Dudzisz was picked up by a motorist late Thursday near the township of Windorah in Queensland state, police Inspector Mark Henderson said.

The 26-year-old insulin-dependent diabetic had last been seen on Feb. 17 when he left Windorah to walk 77 kilometers (48 miles) north across rugged terrain to the settlement of Jundah, Henderson said.

Dudzisz became stranded by floodwaters for about 10 days and lived on insects for most of the time he was lost, Henderson said.

"He joked about never going hungry in the Australian Outback because of the amount of flies you can eat for their protein," Henderson told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

"He had some baked beans and cereal when he left Windorah and exhausted that pretty quickly, and said he'd been eating flies ever since," Henderson added.

Dudzisz told police he had heard search helicopters but their crews could not see him through the canopy of trees, Henderson said.

Dudzisz, who had an adequate supply of insulin with him, refused medical treatment at Windorah.

"He certainly was hungry, but other than that he was in reasonable spirits," Henderson said.

Henderson said Dudzisz remained determined to trek west to the sparsely populated Northern Territory.

"He has made an agreement now that he will stick to the main roads now rather than going cross country," Henderson said.

Dudzisz had been hiking for several months through New South Wales state and Queensland, ABC reported.

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carnageydecor March 07 2014 at 9:14 AM

If and When the time ever arises that our very lives are at stake....we will do extraordinary things to stay alive. The 'will to live' cannot be extinguished unless one is truly out of his mind. And , may I add, this is the very reason why atheist's also, if allowed during their final hours, are confronted with an immeasurable catharsis, to continue on, to not have their being, their identity snuffed out during that transition from this life... which they will face.... there's no way around it. The desire to live eternally overrides all other desires.... agreed or not. Survival is paramount.

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mercymfa carnageydecor March 07 2014 at 9:55 AM

Amen.!!!

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mashallaha carnageydecor March 07 2014 at 10:13 AM

This was fine until it veered off into religion. Ugh.

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twonewport March 07 2014 at 10:37 AM

A Dingo ate my baby -- Sienfeld.

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rcarrowood March 07 2014 at 10:14 AM

sometimes you eat the flies...sometimes the flies eat you

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kwhodges March 07 2014 at 10:13 AM

Survival is not disgusting. Dying when you don't have to is disgusting. Good for Dudzisz. He did what he had to and lived to tell the story.

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Annika March 08 2014 at 3:57 AM

All he needs now is his own survival tv show. "A Kraut in the Outback".

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frances anderson March 07 2014 at 9:55 AM

glad he survived and in good sprits

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dexrmerritt March 07 2014 at 9:41 AM

Lived in Australia for 5 years..those same flies could carry you off!!!

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Andy March 07 2014 at 10:37 AM

grubs, worms, larvae, but I wouldn't have thought of flies.

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jack389460 March 07 2014 at 9:38 AM

HEY, DUMMY.....THIS COMMENT AREA IS ABOUT THE OUTBACK AND SUVIVAL THERE.
IT HAS NOT ANYTHING TO DO WITH INCOME AND OTHER SITES.
I'VE SEEN OTHERS USE COMMENTS HERE FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL AGENDAS AND THAT IS WRONG...............

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eegee jack389460 March 07 2014 at 10:25 AM

Yes, but it's a free world.

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Ken Petersen March 07 2014 at 9:20 AM

He had an adequate supply of insulin with him? Insulin quickly loses its potency if not refrigerated. Did he carry a refrigerator on his back? As the Scots would say, "I've got my doots!"

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wd4mvx Ken Petersen March 07 2014 at 9:38 AM

He may have had an insulin pen which does not require refrigeration.

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