'High spirits' after being rescued Colombian children draw a missing search dog
'High spirits' after being rescued Colombian children draw a missing search dog

Bogota: The four Indigenous kids, who were found after 40 days lost in the Colombian Amazon, are recovering and in "high spirits," according to welfare officials. One of the kids even drew a picture that appears to show a missing army search dog.

Lesly, Soleiny, Tien Noriel, and Cristin, four siblings who are 13, 9, 5, and 1 years old, respectively, were receiving care at a military hospital in Bogota last Friday after being discovered hungry and dehydrated after surviving a plane crash more than five weeks earlier.

After the collision, which also claimed the lives of the other two adults they were travelling with, their mother passed away.

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The children who had been saved by Monday were "in high spirits," according to Adriana Velasquez of the Colombian Family Welfare Institute in a video that was distributed to the media.

"They have been drawing and colouring. They enjoy talking, she continued. Wilson, a search and rescue dog, is shown in a drawing that the army claims was created by the kids. Wilson vanished during the search.

The dog was with them; he would leave and return, but he eventually vanished, according to the children's grandfather Narciso Mucutuy in a video released by the Ministry of Defence.

The army announced on Saturday that it would continue to search for Wilson, a 6-year-old Belgian shepherd who was crucial in locating some of the items the kids had left behind in the jungle.

In a tweet that featured a video of the dog and the words "No one is left behind," the army declared.
The children ate fruit from the jungle and a three-pound package of cassava flour they discovered in the plane wreckage to help them survive while they were all by themselves.

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While Tien Noriel was being watched for a potential reaction to something he ate, Astrid Caceres, a colleague of Velasquez's, told W Radio that the older siblings had been battling fevers.

When rescuers finally located the four after travelling more than 2,600 kilometres through the jungle, Tien Noriel was too weak to walk and they were located about five kilometres from the small plane's wreckage.

The youngest sibling is still receiving intensive care, "not because of any serious condition, but for closer monitoring due to her age," explained Caceres, who also mentioned that the other three siblings had been sleeping in.

The kids are anticipated to stay in the hospital for an additional two to three weeks. The siblings will remain under the family welfare agency's guardianship until a custody disagreement between their relatives is settled.

The father of the two younger siblings, Manuel Miller Ranoque, has allegedly been accused of abusing the kids by family members of Magdalena Mucutuy, the deceased mother. Manuel Miller Ranoque denies this.

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When speaking to the media on Sunday outside the hospital, Ranoque claimed that although his wife had suffered serious injuries in the May 1 crash, she didn't pass away until four days later, with her kids by her side.

Rescuers broadcast a message from the children's grandmother imploring them not to move during the search. Fatima Valencia, the four children's maternal grandmother, expressed her desire to win custody of the kids.

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