A young boy from Guizhou is being cheered online as the next Bear Grylls after going on a rollicking month-long adventure all by himself after running away from home.
The 10-year-old boy, surnamed Miao, set off from his home in Xuanwei on June 29th after being beaten by his father. Hoping to put as much distance between himself and his parents as possible, Miao aimed to travel all the way to the metropolis of Chongqing, some 800 kilometers away to the north, according to Yunnan.cn.
With absolutely no money in his pockets, the next 24 days put Miao’s survival skills to the test as he spent his time scavenging, foraging and hunting, eating scraps, wild berries and even snake on his way to his destination.
Along the way, Miao was able to pick up a notebook where he kept a journal of his journey, writing about how he had killed a snake and roasted it on the fire and how he had turned in some plastic bottles for enough money to buy steamed buns and a popsicle.
Of course, it wasn’t all sunshine and popsicles for Miao. On his first night, he slept on a pile of wet leaves. Later, he came down with a fever, but said that he was able to cure himself with a homemade remedy of wild berries.
Over time, Miao became more accustomed to life on the road. While he did what he had to do to survive, he says that he never stooped to stealing from another person. He also says that he was too embarrassed by his scruffy appearance to ask for any handouts from strangers, though some kind-hearted people did offer to help him during his journey.
Finally, on July 23rd, police in the Yunnan city of Zhaotong spotted the dirty-looking kid on the street, picked him up and took him back home. In total, Miao had traveled around 100 kilometers in 24 days.
When police brought his son back, Miao’s father vowed that he would never beat him again. Meanwhile, Miao has said that he will not run away anymore. So, hopefully this incident has taught everyone involved a valuable lesson or two, and at least Miao got a summer “vacation.”
[Images via Yunnan.cn]
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