>> A happy ending against the odds. Seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka 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.
> We have raised him with love.
After Yamato was identified, he was flown to a hospital for check ups. Doctors there said other than two rice balls the soldiers gave him, the boy only had liquids for the entire week he was lost. Later Friday morning, his father apologized in tears.>>
And I admit what we did was excessive, and I had no idea it would end up like this. I deeply regret my behavior, but I did what I thought was best for him.>> The 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 had briefly left him alone on a mountain road as punishment 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.