DARWIN, Australia, April 15 (UPI) -- Australians are unsure if a man with a tale of survival after 70 days in the Outback is a hero or a fraud.
Ricky Megee, dehydrated and starving, was found by workers at a sheep station on April 4. He claims he was kidnapped and dumped, a story police in the Northern Territory where he was found apparently doubt.
Megee told the Melbourne Herald-Sun he survived by eating snakes and lizards and at times drank his own urine. He floated down a river in several stages and eventually camped by a dam, making a makeshift shelter in an overflow pipe where he says he lived for two months.
"People need to understand what I have been through," Megee said. "To have survived out there for so long and then be told I made it all up makes me sick."
Megee admits he was convicted of drug charges a decade ago but said that has nothing to do with his kidnapping or his survival. He says he stopped to help three aboriginal men who were standing by an apparently broken down truck, and one of them drugged him while he was giving him a lift to a service station.