Two stories about the outback from the News Ltd website: the first
Ricky Megee has told an amazing tale of his 70-day survival in the desert and says a diet of lizards, frogs, snakes and leeches kept him alive.
And Mr Megee, from Toowong, Queensland, has hit out at claims he is a liar. "People need to understand what I've been through; to have survived out there for so long and then be told I am making it up makes me sick," he said.
Mr Megee said his extraordinary ordeal began when he was hijacked on an isolated dirt road south of Halls Creek, drugged and left for dead in a shallow grave on January 24.He was found by station hands on April 4, weighing just 45kg and extremely malnourished, living in a makeshift shelter – a section of pipe – beside a dam on remote Birrindudu cattle station, near the WA border.
Initially he was heralded as a hero but police have voiced suspicions about parts of his story. Mr Megee says he is "no angel" and admits to a close association with a known NT drug dealer. He also said he was convicted of drug-related crimes in Queensland "about 10 years ago".
But he says his past has nothing to do with him being left for dead in one of the world's harshest environments."The police might not believe how I ended up there but nobody is saying that I wasn't lost in the bush; look at me, for God's sake," he said."I will take any lie detector test. I will eat frogs on camera to prove I did it out there. I couldn't make this up if I tried."