I’m not sure if I believe this German backpacker’s entire story of surviving in the outback. I have my doubts about the survival story Daniel Dudzsis is telling, but who knows, maybe one day the real story will appear on that docudrama “I Shouldn’t Be Alive.”
Dudzsis isn’t the first tourist or backpacker to deliberately disappear into the outback and fabricate a survival story to cash in on, and he won’t be the last.
Backpacker’s Story of Survival Unfolds
brisbanetimes.com.au article – A German tourist missing for almost three weeks in the Queensland outback has survived the ordeal by eating flies.
Inspector Mark Henderson says Daniel Dudzisz, 26, was picked up by a motorist late Thursday afternoon near Cooper Creek at Windorah, southwest of Longreach.
He went missing on February 17 after attempting to walk between Windorah and Jundah.
Inspector Henderson said Mr Dudzisz became stranded between floodwaters from the Barcoo River for about 10 days.
Mr Dudzisz lived on insects for most of the time, he said.
“He certainly was hungry, but other than that he was in reasonable spirits,” he told 612 ABC Brisbane.
“He joked about never going hungry in the Australian outback because of the amount of flies you can eat for their protein apparently.
“He had some baked beans and cereal when he left Windorah and exhausted that pretty quickly, and said he’d been eating flies ever since.”
Mr Dudzisz had a couple of meals with Andrew Plax while passing through the remote Queensland town of Yowah earlier in February.
Mr Plax said he wasn’t surprised the German had been found.
Mr Plax told Fairfax Media earlier this week that he was confident Mr Dudzisz would be found alive.
“I told you so,” he said on Friday morning.
“If it had been another two weeks, then I would have thought he’s gone. I’m glad. I had a wry smile when I heard the news.”
Mr Plax said he hadn’t spoken with Mr Dudzisz yet, but expected him to continue on his lengthy journey on foot despite the unplanned delay.
“I don’t think it’s going to change him because it’s what he wants to do. It’s probably not the first time he’s been stranded,” he said.
Then there is this story about the survival of man’s best friend in the outback, and it is more believable than the tale of survival the German backpacker is wagging.
A seven-month-old dog spent 24 days trying to find her way home after she wandered off some 700km away from her home in Alice Springs. I have been in that part of Southern Australia and for a puppy to survive 24 days in that part of the outback is a miracle.
The pup named Malibue would have fought off dingoes on her incredible journey, maybe she hooked up with the dingoes, and they helped her survive for 24 days in the outback. Then again, maybe Malibue accepted a ride from a stranger who happened to live in the indigenous community Malibue was found in.
Nevertheless its an incredible story about a lost dog in the outback and a helluva lot more believable than the story the German backpacker is telling.
About A Dog
abc.net.au – A seven-month-old Staffordshire terrier pup is back with her owners after an epic adventure deep into the South Australian outback.
The puppy, named Malibue, went missing on February 4 from her owner’s home at Alice Springs.
Over the next 24 days, she somehow made her way 700km south, through Amoonguna and on to Amata, an Indigenous community in APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) lands in South Australia near the Northern Territory border.
Owner Brenton Chambers believes she may have jumped into a stranger’s car.
He says a Facebook campaign – with dozens of people sharing Malibue’s photo – made all the difference in bringing her home.
In a stroke of luck, tradesmen travelling to the community spotted her and raised the alarm.
“The workers were out at Amoonguna and spotted a dog that looked unusual, took a photo and sent me the pictures,” Mr Chambers said.
“The police did awesome work. My mum, Jackie, Belinda, everyone who contributed – it’s just awesome work getting my little flea bag back.”
Mr Chambers says Malibue is a friendly animal who likes to get into cars.
“She just goes with the flow – it’s a good trait that she just bounces off things, shakes it off,” he said.
“But it’s also a bad thing, just jumping in people’s cars. I don’t think she realises what she’s done.”
Mr Chambers’s mother Gaynor Chambers said her son was “devastated” to have lost his best friend but pleased to have her back.
She thanked police in the Northern Territory and in South Australia in a post on Facebook.
Thank you NT Police and SA Police for such a great result in her search and rescue. How cute is that photo, hope she gets her own little police hat.
I did not think for one second the effect this little girl would have on our town when we purchased her, I thought she would just be a part of our lives not everyone else’s.
Well done, Malibue, if you wanted attention sweetheart you certainly got that!
NT Police say they have never had such a huge response on social media to an investigation.
They say the discovery of Malibue in South Australia highlights the effectiveness of cross-border relations between the forces.