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Starving adventurer in wilderness ate his loyal dog

November 6, 2013 Destination North America, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59An intrepid Canadian explorer, rescued Wednesday after three months in the deep woods, reached such states of hunger that he ate his trusty dog after it saved him from an attacking bear.

Occasionally stories arise from the wilds of big countries like Australia and Canada which touch nerves and remind people that many places exist that are still challenging and untamed. Hardy explorers in Australia are menaced by crocodiles and snakes. In Canada, it’s bears.

The story of Marco Lavoie is extraordinary. Even after his loyal German shepherd dog saved his life by driving off the marauding bear that came after him, Lavoie became so desperate for food he killed the dog with a rock and ate it. EGT_Artical Banner A 250x250

The Toronto Sun quoted a source close to the amazing story recounting how Lavoie, 44, had become stranded at the wild Nottaway River, about 800 kilometres  northwest of Montreal.

A bear ate Lavoie’s food and destroyed his boat in mid-July, leaving him alone with the dog. A few days after the bear attack, reportedly, Lavoie (who is currently hospitalised in “very serious” condition) made the heart-wrenching decision to kill and eat his faithful dog.

The story has generated much controversy in Canada and beyond, with some saying Lavoie should have died rather than kill his steadfast canine companion.

Provincial police airlifted Lavoie out three months later. Ravaged by hypothermia and dehydration, he had shed about 40 kilograms and was barely able to speak or eat.

The paper quoted survival expert Andre Francois Bourbeau saying Lavoie did what he needed to stay alive and had survived because he made good decisions. “Eating his dog was one of them.”

Lavoie is reported be an experienced bushman who often spent weeks alone in the wilderness. But the Nottaway River, apparently, is too dangerous even for the hardiest outdoorsmen.

A member of the local indigenous Waswanipi Cree nation, Andre Diamond, who lives on an island at the mouth of the Nottaway, says he warned Lavoie to stay away. Other adventurers had followed the same path over decades – never to return. This chilling assessment was corroborated by a man with a highly memorable name: Sydney Ottereyes, a local Cree who was part of the Lavoie search party.

The story truly is the stuff of legend. Provided Lavoie pulls through, a film may well follow.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Jack Gaffney says:

    People that choose to venture into these areas of unchartered wilderness and complete desolation have everything that happens to them coming. It’s sad that a dog had to lose it’s life so that this idiot should live. In this day of GPS, mobile phone and satellite service, this is inexcusable.
    What a disgrace.

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