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The mother of the four children found alive in the Amazon following a plane crash initially survived, according to her oldest child.

Siblings Lesly Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 13, Soleiny Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 9, Tien Ranoque Mucutuy, 4, and Cristin Ranoque Mucutuy, 11 months, were discovered in the Colombian jungle on Friday — 40 days after the crash on May 1 — CNN reported.

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According to the oldest sibling, their mother, Magdalena Mucutuy Valencia, was alive for about four days after the plane crash, Manuel Ranoque — the father of the two youngest children — told reporters on Sunday.

Ranoque said Lesly told him the information, as he spoke outside the military hospital where the children were transported to on Saturday, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Sygma via Getty Images / Getty Images Four children were found alive in the Amazon following the plane crash on Friday

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An update on the children’s progress was given by the children’s grandfather, Fidencio Valencia. He told the media outlet Noticia Caracol that they were “eating a little” and “drawing to let off steam.”

<p>Colombia's Armed Forces Press Office via AP, File</p>


Valencia shared that the children told him they survived the jungle by hiding in tree trunks to avoid contact with snakes and other potentially dangerous creatures.


An uncle, Dairo Juvenal Mucutuy, also told local media that one child wanted to start walking, but their “feet hurt.”

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Following their discovery on Friday, Colombian President Gustavo Petro said that the children were able to survive 40 days in the Amazon because of “their learning from indigenous families and their learning of living in the jungle,” per CNN.

He also said their time in the jungle was an example of “total survival that will be remembered in history."

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The children’s rescue, which Petro said was a “joy for the whole country” in a tweet, was the result of a military-led, deep-forest search operation, per ABC News.


According to CBS, the children were traveling with their mom and two other adults from the Amazonian village of Araracuara to San Jose del Guaviare at the time of the plane crash.

The outlet reported that the pilot declared an emergency after the single-engine failed in the aircraft, before falling off the radar.

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The four Indigenous children who were stranded in the Amazon jungle after a plane crash survived for over a month by eating cassava flour and rainforest fruits.

Family members and Colombian military officials recounted to reporters how the four youngsters — aged 13, 9, 4, and 1 — made it 40 days in the jungle after a plane crash that killed three adults who were with them, include the pilot and the children's mother.

"Their indigenous origins allowed them to acquire a certain immunity against diseases in the jungle and having knowledge of the jungle itself – knowing what to eat and what not to eat ... which would not have been possible (if they) were not used to that type of hostile environment," Colombian military special forces spokesperson Pedro Arnulfo Sánchez Suárez told CNN.

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The children were rescued Friday following a search that began when their plane crashed in the Colombia Amazon on May 1. They are recovering in a hospital in Bogotá.

They survived by eating six pounds of fariña — a flour made from the cassava plant — that they had brought on the plane with them, Suárez said.


Their uncle, Fidencio Valencia told reporters, that "after the fariña ran out, they began to eat seeds," according to the Associated Press.

They were also able to find fruit to eat.

Additionally, they found a Belgian Shepherd search dog named Wilson who was being used by the military to find the children, but who went missing two weeks into the search.

"The kids told us that they spent three or four days with Wilson and that they (found) him quite skinny," Suárez said.

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