For the next three years, they lived in a village, trying to adapt to civilization.
Last November, their story got the attention of Alvaro Cerezo, managing director of the Docastaway tourist company in Hong Kong, which provides tours to uninhabited parts of Asia.
Cerezo managed to talk the son, Ho Van Lang, into going back to the jungle with his crew to show how they managed to survive for so long in total isolation.
The man said he and his father didn’t lead a Tarzan life per se. They grew corn and cassava, and kept their fire lit, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In fact, the diet of two Mowglis was extremely varied, as they consumed practically anything that could be found in the forest. The majority of plants and fruits growing there are edible.
They ate fruit, vegetables, harvested honey and cooked a wide variety of meats, including bats, birds, frogs, lizards, monkeys, rats, snakes and fish.
“While I was with him in the jungle I saw him eat bats as though they were olives,” International Business Times cited Cerezo as saying. Practically no creature in the jungle could pose any threat to them.
They also used a number of hand-made tools, collecting items they needed to produce them across the jungle, which included fragments of American bombs.
“They never ate with their hands, but had improvised chopsticks made of bamboo,” Cerezo said.
It turned out they never had any major issues with health, narrowing their concerns to flu once a year and occasional stomach ache.
However, when they got back to civilization, they drank their cup in full, being not immune to the many maladies that spread among people who live crowded together.
Alvaro Cerezo discovered Ho Van Lang is still not interested in any news from the outside world or his own country. He doesn’t use electricity and cultivates a piece of land he was given. He plans to get married, although previously he had never seen a woman.