Four Year Old Survives Two Cold Nights In Animal Infested Forest Alone

Four Year Old Survives Two Cold Nights In Animal Infested Forest Alone
Published: 2016 May 20 05:04:38 (2306 Views)

“We suffered bruises and cuts trying to find her but to our surprise, she didn’t have any injuries.” :


A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl from Mangwe, who got lost on her way home from school, miraculously survived two cold nights in an animal infested forest.

A search party comprising about 100 villagers, seven police officers and two sniffer dogs found Ntokozo Mabhena, a pre-school learner, asleep under a tree on Sunday evening.

Ntokozo had wandered about 35 kilometres from the school in Macingwane Village on Friday afternoon, to Kwite, a neighbouring Village.

Villagers said the little girl had lost weight but was otherwise unharmed.

She is suspected to have survived on wild fruits.

Search parties lit huge fires at night to keep away predators but the tot miraculously survived her ordeal unscathed.

Her family revealed that they had lost hope she would be found alive because dangerous wild animals like leopards, hyenas and poisonous snakes roam the bush where she got lost.

The girl’s grandmother, Lizzy Dumani, was so overcome with emotion when she saw her alive that she collapsed and regained consciousness in hospital.

Dumani said she became alarmed after her grandchild had not returned from pre-school by 3PM on Friday which compelled her to alert her neighbours.

She said after being found, Ntokozo was rushed to hospital where the medical staff confirmed that she was in good health.

One of the members of the search crew, Bakhethi Nleya, said they combed through rocky, thorny and bushy paths to find the girl.

“ We suffered bruises and cuts trying to find her but to our surprise, she didn’t have any injuries.” said Nleya.

The councillor of Izimnyama Small Scale area, Peter Ndlovu, said the police and community members had played a crucial role in locating the missing girl.

He said the police responded quickly while the entire community had contributed in finding Ntokozo.

Ndlovu said villagers felt it was a miracle that the girl survived two cold nights and wild animals alone in the bush.



- Chronicle
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