‘Jungle Men’ found in Vietnam

Fled during war, lived 40 years in forest

Adam Roy

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Two Vietnamese men who fled civilization to live in the wilderness more than 40 years ago are being reintigrated into society after villagers searching for firewood found them deep in the forests of Quang Ngai province.

Ho Van Lanh was an infant when his father, Ho Van Thanh, fled into the forest with him following his wife’s and two of his children’s deaths from a mine during the Vietnam War. According to Sky News, during their four-decades in the jungle, the pair lived in a treehouse, growing and foraging their own food and wearing loincloths made out of bark.

When a rescue team found the Hos, the now 82-year-old father was too weak to walk out on his own and had to be carried out. While he could speak some of the local language, his son apparently only knew a handful of words.

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