Young brothers found in Amazon after nearly four weeks

Two young indigenous boys who lost in Brazil’s Amazon for 4 weeks have been rescued and taken to the hospital. 

Glauco and Gleison Ferreira, eight and six, got lost trying to catch small birds in the jungle near Manicoré, Amazonas state, on the 18 of February.

A local tree cutter found them by chance and they are expected to make a full recovery after being treated in hospital for malnourishment.

Hundreds of residents spent weeks looking for the boys after they disappeared. The boys got lost during the rainy season of the Amazon – a time which makes walking and moving in the jungle even more difficult than usual – and they were nowhere to be found.

According to local media outlet Amazônia Real, emergency services decided to call off the search on 24 February, but locals continued to search for the boys.

Almost four weeks later, the boys were found by a man cutting wood 6 km (3.7 miles) from the village of Palmeira in the Lago Capanã protected land reserve where the boys live with their parents, Amazônia Real adds.

One of the boys shouted for help when he heard the local man hitting the trees nearby. Following the calls, the man found the two boys lying on the rainforest floor, hungry and weak, with many skin abrasions.

According to local media, the two boys told their parents they had eaten nothing while lost and had had only rainwater to drink.

Upon their discovery, Glauco and Gleison were sent to a regional hospital in Manicoré, before being transported by helicopter to another hospital in Manaus on Thursday morning, Globo reports.

This is not the first time people have got lost in the Amazon rainforest.

source: BBC
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