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Five-year-old boy survives 24 hours in Argentinian desert

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A five-year-old boy who went missing during a family walk in Argentina was found safe and well after 24 hours lost in a desert west of the country.

Authorities in San Juan province and some 1,000 volunteers went searching for the boy -- with a former Dakar Rally motorcyclist finding him 21 kilometers from where he was last seen.

The child was hospitalized for slight dehydration.

“I was cold, I slept badly, leaning on a rock,” he told the newspaper Clarin upon leaving hospital Tuesday.

The boy said he had drunk from a stream and eaten grass.

“He spent 24 hours in nature, that is not nothing,” said Alberto Ontiveros, the man who found him, noting that wild pumas roam the area.