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Missing Elderly Hiker Found After 18 Days
A 72-year-old man lost for 18 days in a California forest has been found after living on squirrels, snakes and lizards.
Gene Penaflor and a hunting friend set off through Mendocino National Forest on September 24 but became separated.
Mr Penaflor, from San Francisco, is said to have slipped over and been knocked†unconscious.
The search for him was called off after four days as there were no signs anywhere of his possible whereabouts.
He was eventually found on Saturday by a group of hunters and a search team from the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office.
Jeremy Penaflor, the hiker's son, said: "He ate squirrels - whatever he could catch.
"He ate lizards, he ate a couple of frogs, he ate snakes and survival mode kicked in.
"When you have no food for 18 days, whatever protein you can get, he did."