Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bizarre stories of survival

Charming little story about Canadian survival. It's pretty cold here in Minnesota, I can only imagine what it's like in Calgary this time of year.

A man has been rescued after spending 96 hours trapped under his quad bike in a remote Canadian district with nothing to eat or drink but rotting animal carcases and morning frost. Ken Hildebrand, a paramedic, even considered amputating and eating his own right leg to survive.

Hildebrand's ordeal began when he was checking animal traps in an area 80 miles southwest of Calgary and his quad bike hit a rock, throwing him off and settling on his legs. He made several attempts to get out from under the vehicle but did not have enough leverage to move it.

After four nights of constant harassment by wolves and coyotes, which he kept at bay by blowing a whistle, he began to accept that he might not be found before the cold, malnourishment or animals claimed his life.

Because of his medical training, Hildebrand knew that people start losing heat quickly from their upper body. He took a beaver carcass and used it to keep his body warm, with another as a makeshift windbreak and pillow. He tied orange surveyors' tape around his wrist and threw it at different angles to make an X shape so if anyone flew over the area, they would see him.

"It was time to get ready for survival mode," Hildebrand said. "I ate a lot of dirt to get a little moisture." |Man survives four days in wilderness trapped by quad bike - Guardian|
I find it amazing that a mere whistle can keep coyotes and wolves away. Who knew?

1 comment:

Isengrim said...

Ken Hildebrand is a trapper. He simply got a taste of what he puts animals through every day. So he nearly had to cut off his own leg to get free? Trapped animals do that all the time in a desperate attempt to save their own lives, which are as precious to them as Mr Hildebrand's is to him. I hope he takes his recuperation time to reflect on this, and decides to do the right thing - to not trap any more, and to not put others through what he found so unpleasantly painful and terrifying himself. "Do not unto others what you would not have done to thyself!"

"Instant Karma's going to get you .." - John Lennon