Missing Man Survived for Month on Butterflies
Stephen Currie found 30 pounds lighter after month in Australia bush
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2014 7:43 AM CST
A paper kite butterfly at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Coral Gables, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – Stephen Currie has a fairly delicate creature to thank in part for his survival, having been stranded for a month in the Australian bush amid 100-degree temps. Three weeks after police gave up the search for the man who went missing Dec. 29 in northern Queensland, Currie, 40, was found wandering a trail Tuesday—more than 30 pounds lighter and without shoes or a shirt—having lived off butterflies, fresh water mussels, and wild fruit, after getting lost on a walk, the Courier Mail reports. "By all money I thought he was gone," says a senior constable. "It's unbelievable. I phoned his mother straight away."

With no food or water, Currie initially tried to follow a river back to town but again became lost, and was forced to sleep atop bark placed on sand. That river did, however, prove to be a saving grace, suspects one local, who says the recent lack of rain made other water sources bacteria-ridden and undrinkable. The constable explains that Currie went for a daily walk in search of a track to follow, and eventually came across a local. Currie is currently being treated for dehydration and malnourishment, the Brisbane Times notes. (Click for another tale of survival in the wild.)

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curt pedersen
Jan 31, 2014 10:32 AM CST
Whaaaa....Whaa....... Some people have nothing but turtles, turtle blood, birds and fish to eat. AND...they have to catch them with their hands!!
Dave0
Jan 31, 2014 9:45 AM CST
A boy and his father were playing catch in the front yard when the boy saw a honey bee. He ran over and stomped it. "That was a honey bee," his father said, "one of our friends. For stomping him you will do without honey for a week." Later the boy saw a butterfly, so he ran over and stomped it. "That was a butterfly," his father said, "one of our friends, and for stomping him you will do without butter for a week." The next morning the family sat down for breakfast. The boy ate his plain toast with no honey or butter. Suddenly a cockroach ran out from under the stove. His mother stomped it. The boy looked at his father and said, "Are you going to tell her, Dad, or should I?"
OrneryPup
Jan 30, 2014 5:04 PM CST
The headline is sadly misleading. Sounds like butterflies was all he ate. But the story tells of fresh water mussels that he ate.