A hiker who was stranded in the Canadian wilderness for nearly three months after a bear destroyed his supplies was forced to eat his beloved dog.
Marco Lavoie escaped with his life when his German Shepherd chased away the wild animal that attacked their camp – destroying their canoe and food supplies – just days into a planned three-month climbing trip.
But three days later, in a real-life display of survival-of-the-fittest, the 44-year-old killed his heroic Alsatian with a rock and ate it in a desperate bid to survive.
With no way to call for help, the stranded explorer then spent a further three months alone and starving before a search party came to the rescue.
Incredibly, survival experts have praised Mr Lavoie’s actions as a good use of ‘reason’, which may have saved his life.
By the time Mr Lavoie was airlifted out of the Nottaway River wilderness, about 800km from Montreal, he had lost half his body weight, was suffering from hypothermia and was unable to speak.
However, Andre Francois Bourbeau, claims it is unlikely he would have been alive at all without sacrificing his dearest companion.
‘He survived because he made ‹good decisions. Eating his dog was one of them,’ Mr Bourbeau said. ‘You have to be desperate, but there’s no shame in [eating the dog]. He had to use reason.’