Three-year-old, Tserin Dopchut survived in freezing temperatures in a forest inundated with wolves, bears and dangerous rivers.
He was discovered three days after getting lost, unharmed by emergency officials.
The young boy survived by eating his own supply of chocolate, and his good sense finding a dry makeshift bed under a larch tree.
The head of Tuva Republic, Sholban Kara-Ool, announced the news: “Hurray! Little Tserin has been found alive!
“We discovered him earlier this morning after a search in the taiga some 3 kilometres from the village of Khut.”
Search teams had combed the area where the boy disappeared after family members told authorities he was playing with dogs near his home in the forests of Piy-Khemsky district.
According to the Siberian Times, family members believed he may have followed a young puppy into the woodland despite the watchful eye of his great grandmother – who was in charge of him when he was lost.
More than 100 people including Russian Emergency Ministry’s rescuers, police, volunteers, as well as close and distant family members joined the frantic hunt. A helicopter over flew a search area of some 120 square km.
Regional emergencies’ chief Ayas Saryglar said: “Of course, the situation was very dangerous. The River Mynas is fast and cold. If a small child fell in, it would be certain death.
“There are wolves, and bears in the forest. The bears are now fattening for the winter. They can attack anything that moves. In addition, it is warm during the day, but at night there are even frosts. If we consider that the kid disappeared during the day, he was not properly dressed – only a shirt and shoes, no coat.”
Regional head Sholban Kara-Ool explained: “He recognised his uncle’s voice calling his name, and called back. Once his uncle hugged him, the little boy asked if his toy car was okay. He said that he had some chocolate which he ate during the first day.
“Then he found a dry place under a larch tree and slept there between the roots. The whole village is throwing a party to celebrate his survival. He was given the second name of Mowgli.
“It is now predicted he will become a rescuer himself, because he showed incredible stamina for his age by surviving for so long alone in these cold woods.”