>> A happy ending against the odds. Seven year old Yamata Tanuka found by Japanese search teams on Friday, alive and unharmed after nearly a week in the wilderness. Police say the lost boy was discovered by defense forces on a military site, just a few kilometers from where he was abandoned by his parents, for what they called disciplinary reasons.
Soldiers gave him food and water before he was flown to a hospital for check ups. They boy's parents initially told police he got lost when the family was picking wild vegetables in the area. But on Sunday, they admitted they briefly left him alone on a mountain road for throwing rocks at cars, and when they returned, he was gone.
More than 200 rescuers, police, and troops scoured the dense forest in Hokkaido, where temperatures are known to plummet at night. Wild bears are also known to roam the area.