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Boy, 3, survives 72 hours in woods before rescue

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In this photo dated Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, provided by the Tuva Emergency Ministry Situations press service, an unidentified special force soldier carries a 3-year old boy rescued after going missing for three days in an undisclosed location in the Russian Siberian region of Tuva. The boy, who was under care of his grandmother, reportedly vanished in the woods after having followed a puppy. (Tuva Emergency Situations Ministry press service photo via AP)

In this photo dated Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, provided by the Tuva Emergency Ministry Situations press service, an unidentified special force soldier carries a 3-year old boy rescued after going missing for three days in an undisclosed location in the Russian Siberian region of Tuva. The boy, who was under care of his grandmother, reportedly vanished in the woods after having followed a puppy. (Tuva Emergency Situations Ministry press service photo via AP)

A three-year-old Siberian boy managed to survive 72 hours in the woods with nothing but a chocolate bar in his pocket.

Tserin Dopchut was last seen late Sunday playing with dogs near his family’s home in the village of Khut, in the republic of Tuva, in southern Siberia. Officials believe he may have followed a dog into a wooded area, which is known to be home to bears and wolves, The Siberian Times reported.

Following land and air searches, Dopchut was found Wednesday by his uncle.

The toddler appeared to be in good health, apart from slight hypothermia and hunger, and even asked his uncle if his toy car was OK, Sholban Kara-Ool, the head of the Tuva Republic told The Guardian.

The boy told officials he found a dry patch of roots and leaves to sleep in at night and his tale of survival has earned him the moniker of Mowgli, after the main character in The Jungle Book, Kara-Ool wrote on Facebook.

"It is now predicted he will become a rescuer himself, because he showed incredible stamina for his age by surviving for so long alone in these cold woods," Kara-Ool said to The Siberian Times.

"The whole village is throwing a party to celebrate his survival."