A woman who was lost in the Australian bush for five days managed to survive on nothing but a single bottle of wine, according to local reports.
The woman, who has not been named, was reported missing on May 1 after she failed to return from a hike in the Yarra Ranges National Park, near Melbourne. A search and rescue operation was launched involving police, firefighters, and volunteer groups, and on May 6 the woman was finally located and rescued.
Remarkably, the woman was found to be in good health, despite having survived for almost a week with no food or water other than the bottle of wine she had taken with her on the hike. The wine was reportedly the only thing she had to sustain herself during her ordeal.
The woman’s survival has been hailed as a remarkable feat, and has prompted widespread admiration on social media. Many have praised her resourcefulness and determination in the face of adversity, while others have marveled at her ability to survive for so long on so little.
It is not yet clear how the woman managed to survive for so long without food or water, although experts have suggested that she may have been able to draw on reserves of fat and muscle in her body to sustain herself.
The incident has also raised questions about the safety of hiking in remote areas, and has prompted calls for greater awareness of the risks involved in outdoor activities. Authorities have urged hikers to take precautions and to be well prepared when venturing into the wilderness, including carrying adequate supplies of food and water.
Despite the potential dangers, hiking and other outdoor activities remain hugely popular in Australia, with millions of people taking to the country’s many trails and parks every year. While accidents and mishaps can and do occur, the vast majority of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts manage to enjoy their activities safely and without incident.