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07-30-08, 03:22 PM #1
Ex-pest exterminator survives being lost in the Outback by eating termites
Lost in the rocky, remote Australian Outback, a former pest exterminator faced dehydration and death. Desperate for food, he turned to what he knew best — bugs, he said Wednesday.
Theo Rosmulder, 52, managed to survive for four days by feasting on termites and other insects before local Aborigines happened upon him Tuesday and brought him back to civilization.
A weary-looking Rosmulder told reporters that he found some relief from hunger at a giant termite mound. "I just hit the top of the termite nest off and got stuck into them," Rosmulder said.
"Termites don't taste too bad," he said at a news conference in the southwestern Australian mining town of Laverton.
Rosmulder was suffering from dehydration but otherwise in "surprisingly good condition," Western Australia state police Sgt. Graham Clifford said. He said the insects and termites provided Rosmulder a bit of moisture and some protein.
"He kept eating what he used to kill," Clifford said.
On Tuesday morning, a couple members of a local Aboriginal community who were out shooting spotted Rosmulder about 6 miles from his camp.
By KRISTEN GELINEAU | Associated Press Writer
3:01 AM CDT, July 30, 2008
07-30-08, 04:09 PM #2
Something about this story bugs me. When he was working as an exterminator did he use poison or did he just eat the pest all gone?SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
07-30-08, 08:26 PM #3
There has to be a Terminator joke in here somewhere!
07-31-08, 06:51 AM #4
The man is an idiot..anyone who wanders about the outback without food, water, sat phone etc. Its not the place to play around in. I saw him on the local news tonight, and I gotta tell ya..not all the neurons are firing..if you follow me..
Lets hope his pockets are deep enough to pay for all the aircraft and emergency services that it took to find him"Contrary to popular belief, you will not rise to the occasion, but will fall to the level of your training"
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