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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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Bill Jenkins March 07 2014 at 11:19 PM

I liked the Vieitnamese crickets and leaches ! ( Grasshoppers if they were large ones) Carried a cigatette lighter and a little food....but weight limits meant you took ammo in place of food when necessary. Necessity is the mother of invention and creativity. No cooking after dusk.....

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Bebe Bill Jenkins March 07 2014 at 11:32 PM

Thank you for your service, sir!!!

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shigesmokey12 Bill Jenkins March 08 2014 at 1:39 AM

No smoking, either. When you puff on a cigarette, the hot ember can be seen a long ways off.
Yep, I remember the locusts that'd hang around the night lights. Break the head off, stuff a peanut in there and fry that sucker! Yummy!

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cre8iveman March 07 2014 at 1:48 PM

He did what he had to in order to survive. Millions around the world eat insects as a normal part of their diet.

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adamarkllc March 07 2014 at 1:46 PM

He deserves the title "Lord of the Flies"....

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adamadvent2005 March 07 2014 at 1:21 PM

I guess by not keeping to the main roads and going cross country, he was FLYing by the seat of his pants! And, probably, after being out there for that long; he had a lot flies by the seat of his pants! I know, I know; I'm a real comodian, and I'll be here all week!

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TruthBeKnown March 07 2014 at 1:13 PM

Crockadial dundee would have roasted an alligator.

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williambeasy March 07 2014 at 1:07 PM

Were I he I would be watching my toilet deposits for the inevitable parasites. Don't want to ruin good clothing by scooting in the grass all day!

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abudotcom March 07 2014 at 1:01 PM

Time Flies when you're having .......

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Ken abudotcom March 07 2014 at 1:18 PM

Time flies like an arow...fruit flies like a banana...

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m3116 March 07 2014 at 12:51 PM

Wait,,,,a diabetic ? My sister is a diabetic and has to keep her insulin in the fridge. How did he keep his supply cold ? Two weeks ? This seems a little shady.

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muffin m3116 March 07 2014 at 12:54 PM

some insulin can survive 42 days w/o being in the fridge

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nyhuguenot March 07 2014 at 12:41 PM

Lord Of The Flies

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jmstrdvnt nyhuguenot March 07 2014 at 1:53 PM

Insulin needs to be kept from extremes...Insulin no longer needs to be refrigerated...Doctors recommend that it be stored in the refrigerator, but after rDNA production began years back, it is no longer a necessity...If possible, it should be chilled (but never frozen or subjected to extreme heats)...Many things have changed over the last 50 years...I have been an insulin dependent Type 1 diabetic since 1964...The changes I have witnessed and experienced are a testament to science research...While there still is no cure, many improvements have made life much easier...I now wear an insulin infusion pump and change the set every two days...The insulin in the pump needs no refrigeration...

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Richard March 07 2014 at 12:37 PM

Next, Death Valley, California with a pack of raisins and one canteen of tepid water !

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