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Man who survives on frogs!

A man lost in the remote Outback said he survived on a diet of weird creatures. "I ate the leeches raw, straight out of the dam, grasshoppers," the man said.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 18:37 IST
AFP

An Australian lost in the remote Outback for 10 weeks said he survived on a diet of frogs, lizards and leeches.

Ricky Megee, 35, was found by farm workers at a rough shelter on the banks of a dam on a remote cattle property in the Northern Territory, near the Western Australia state border.

"I ate the leeches raw, straight out of the dam, grasshoppers I just ate them," Megee told ABC Radio. "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."

Details of how Megee came to be lost were unclear, with some reports saying his car had broken down and others that he had been drugged and dumped by a hitchhiker he picked up.

Cattle station manager Mark Clifford said Megee was very thin when he was found. "He'd obviously been there a long time and whatever he was surviving on wasn't giving him that much nutrition," Clifford said.

"(He is) a big tall man, six foot two, six foot three, and he was just a walking skeleton basically."

Police said they had begun enquiries after Megee "was found in a remote area suffering from malnutrition in circumstances that required investigation".