BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhuanet) -- A former pest
exterminator lost in the remote Australian Outback and desperate for food
survived by eating termites and other insects for four days before being found
Tuesday by local Aborigines.
A weary-looking Theo Rosmulder told reporters that he
found some relief from hunger at a giant termite mound.
"I just hit the top of the termite nest off and got
stuck into them," Rosmulder said at a news conference in the southwestern
Australian mining town of Laverton. "Termites don't taste too bad."
Rosmulder, 52, was suffering from dehydration
but otherwise in "surprisingly good condition," Western Australia state police
Sgt. Graham Clifford said. He said the insects and termites provided Rosmulder a
bit of moisture and some protein.
"He kept eating what he used to kill," Clifford said.
Rosmulder had been searching for gold with his wife
and a group of other prospectors about 80 miles north of Laverton, police said.
On Friday, he became lost after heading out alone,
armed only with a pocketknife, flashlight and a metal detector, Clifford said.
His prospecting group called police Friday night after he failed to return to
On Tuesday morning, a couple members of a local
Aboriginal community who were out shooting spotted Rosmulder about 6 miles from
his camp. He was still holding onto his metal detector.