A THREE year old boy has been miraculously found alive after spending two nights lost in a deadly forest where bears, wolves and lynx roam.
Kolya Barkhatov went missing while his family were picking berries in the Omsk region of Russia after returning to his family car alone but miraculously survived by drinking water from a bog.
The survivor toddler – dubbed “miracle boy” in his homeland – lost his boots and hat during his ordeal.
The tiny explorer was found asleep by rescuers, part of a massive 700-strong search operation with helicopters, search dogs and horses.
He was reported as being in “shock” and “disoriented” and was dehydrated but able to talk and eat.
Kolya got bored of picking berries with his parents and two siblings, and asked to go back to the family car.
His parents say he was left alone for 15 minutes – but in that time wandered off and became lost.
There were fears Kolya had been kidnapped, with desperate search teams combing 50 square miles to find the toddler.
Omsk and the surrounding areas are covered with dense forest home to deadly Kamchatka brown bears, the Eurasian lynx and four species of wolf.
Around 30 per cent of the land mass is covered with tall trees and thick forest, and also home to vast agricultural landscape.
However, Kolya was eventually found less than a mile from the place he went missing after spending two nights lost in the forest, with nighttime temperatures plummeting to just 5C.
Little Kolya had been walking in circles trying to escape.
His father, Stepan Barkhatov insists he told his son “not to leave” and that he was with him “all the time,” but lost sight of him in “high grass”.
A health ministry spokesman said: “Because of extreme dehydration intravenous therapy was started while the boy was transported to hospital.
“He was warmed and fed.”
He is in intensive care for checks and is being given psychological help.
Social media hailed the boy as a “miracle survivor,” but his parents have received heavy criticism for letting him wander off.