Four small kids have been found alive after over a month of meandering the Amazon where they endure like “children of the jungle,” according to Colombian President Gustavo Petro.
“Their learning from indigenous families and their learning of living in the jungle has saved them,” Petro told reporters on Friday.
His statement came after he announced on Twitter that the children had been found 40 days after they went missing following a plane crash that killed their mother.
Lesly Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 13, Soleiny Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 9, Tien Ranoque Mucutuy, 4, and infant Cristin Ranoque Mucutuy were stranded in the jungle on May 1, the only survivors of a deadly plane crash. Their mother, Magdalena Mucutuy Valencia, was killed in the crash along with two other adult passengers: pilot Hernando Murcia Morales and Yarupari indigenous leader Herman Mendoza Hernández.
Petro said the kids were all together when they were found, adding they had shown an illustration of “absolute endurance that will be recalled ever.”
“They are children of the jungle and now they are children of Colombia,” he added.
Specialists had the option to find the youngsters in the wake of hearing the calls of the most youthful kid, a newborn child, Native pioneer Lucho Acosta told CNN on Saturday. Acosta is the organizer of native scouts in the Colombian Amazon district who aided the pursuit.
“They were very weak, we could find them by listening to the cries of the youngest one, but they were really tired, they were no longer on the move, like in the first few weeks,” Acosta said.
Their grandmother, María Fátima Valencia, said she was “going to hug all of them” and “thank everyone” as soon as they were reunited in their home city of Villavicencio, where they live.
“I’m going to encourage them, I’m going to push them forward, I need them here,” she said.