Boy stays alive for 6 days after parents dropped him off in forest as punishment by drinking tap water

Yamato Tanooka and his father 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Parents in Japan, were sick with panic when their son got lost after they left him in a forest as punishment.

Over 160 volunteers worked tirelessly, searching for the child. After 6 days, the boy was finally found.

7-year-old Yamato Tanooka was found alive in a military shelter about three miles from where he was dropped off by his parents.

Japan's Self-Defence Forces said: “a soldier was preparing for drills this morning and unlocked the door of a building on the base, and there he found the boy.”

The boy was hungry and was given food before he was flown to a hospital in an air ambulance. The boy was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration, but he was otherwise unharmed.

The boy found two abandoned mattresses, which he used to sleep and to cover himself. He survived by drinking water from a tap outside the military shelter.

The boy’s parents said that their actions were “unforgivable” and they apologized to their son for the terrible pain and suffering he went through.

Now that the boy is safe and the search ended, police said they are investigating the parents, who may face charges of child neglect.

As we reported earlier, 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka vanished after his parents left him in the woods that are populated by bears as a punishment.

The parents punished the 7-year-old boy by driving him to the forest, dropping him off alone and then driving away.

The parents reported him missing on Saturday, but initially lied about how exactly they lost the child.

Police said that the parents initially said that their son had disappeared in the forest while they were going for a walk at the island of Hokkaido.

More than 160 rescue workers were involved in the search for Tanooka, and after the second day of searching, the parents finally admitted to police that they had lied about the circumstances of the boy’s disappearance.

The child's parents admitted that they forced him to stay alone in the forest as punishment for throwing stones at cars and people while he, his sister and his parents were at a park near the forest.

They told the authorities that they drove about 500 meters away from the forest and they returned around five minutes later, but their son was nowhere to be found so they called for help.