Six Of The Most Amazing Stories Of Survival Against The Odds

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May, 20, 2014: These astonishing tales are harrowing and inspiring at the same time.

A woman was viciously attacked by a bear while she was jogging in a military base in Alaska.

The lady was out for a run at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson when she had an encounter with a mother bear protecting her two cubs. The bear took a protective stance and clawed the woman's arms, legs, neck, and torso. However, the badly injured woman remained courageous and walked several miles back for help, before a soldier spotted her and took her to a hospital.

According to Mark Sledge, senior conservation law enforcement officer at the base, "The survival instinct for that woman is phenomenal.”

Her story inspired us to formulate a list of amazing stories of survival against the odds:

Aron Ralston

Aron Ralston

While on a canyoneering trip in Blue John Canyon, in eastern Wayne County, Utah, Ralston somehow ended up with his arm stuck between a boulder and the canyon walls in a narrow passageway. After being stuck in the same spot for five days with dwindling food supplies and almost no sleep, he decided to take an extreme decision – amputate his own arm with a dull utility knife.

His harrowing ordeal was the subject of his autobiographical book Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which was later adapted for the big screen as 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle and starring James Franco as Ralston.

Ricky Megee

Ricky Megee

In April 2006, ranchers in a remote area of Australia were astonished to see a skeletal figure approach their cattle station. That emaciated man was Ricky Megee who, after being abducted on the Buntine Highway, was drugged and left for dead. He walked for ten days on bare feet through unforgiving terrain in the blistering heat.

Megee later set up a camp near a dam and survived for almost three months on leeches, grasshoppers, frogs and plants. However, he lost almost 120 pounds before being rescued. He wrote about his experiences in his book Left for Dead in the Outback.

Harrison Okene

Harrison Okene

In 2013, when a team of South African divers were scouring the rubble of sunken Jacson-4 on a presumed body recovery operation, they were shocked to hear a faint hammering from inside the ship. The Nigerian sailor survived for almost three days underwater by crouching in an air bubble in his capsized tugboat.

"All around me was just black, and noisy. I was crying and calling on Jesus to rescue me, I prayed so hard. I was so hungry and thirsty and cold and I was just praying to see some kind of light."

Steven Callahan

Steven Callahan

Six days after Steven Callahan set sail from the Canary Islands on a sloop designed and built by him, the boat sank due to damage from a collision with an unknown object in the middle of the night. The sinking of his boat left him adrift at sea for 76 days in a life raft.

During those 72 days, he faced great dangers of shark attacks, sunburn, and raft punctures. He caught fish and hunted birds for sustenance.

 Callahan recounted his experiences in Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 36 weeks.

Mike The Headless Chicken

Mike The Headless Chicken

Who said that only humans can survive a terrifying ordeal? Meet Mike, the cockerel, who survived for 24 months after his head had been cut off.

In September 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado, went to the yard fetch a chicken for his wife. During a botched slaughtering attempt, the axe missed the jugular vein and Mike was left headless with one of his ears and most of the brain stem intact which caused him to stay alive.

Mr. Olsen then decided to continue to take care of Mike, feeding him through an eye dropper. Mike later attained great fame which included being featured in Time and Life magazines. Sadly, Mike passed away when he choked in the middle of the night, never to grace the world with his presence again.

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