The mysterious jungle is known to be the home of many different species – and humans, unfortunately, aren’t among them. In fact, when we hear the word jungle, we tend to run away from it as fast as possible. It sounds cozier to sit at home, watch tv and enjoy our everyday luxuries, like a nice cup of hot cocoa on a Saturday afternoon.

But one fearless man decided to explore the jungle and embarked on a wild journey. So the question is: why did this man choose such a lifestyle? Living in the wilderness, hunting in dangerous weather and swimming in crocodile-infested waters? Well, one thing is for sure, Michael Fomenko is no ordinary man. So, let’s find out what happened from the beginning.

Was he part royalty?! 1:10
Traveling on foot for about a month 1:38
Michael becomes a star athlete 3:11
Transformation into the real-life Tarzan 4:12
Life in the jungle 5:20
So was he insane? 6:25
The best choice he could’ve made 7:47
Michael's pranks 8:21

#jungle #truestories #brightside

- Even though Michael’s latter life choices could be considered primitive, he had a luxurious upbringing. He was part royalty. His father was a Cossack and his mother, a Georgian Princess.
- Poverty became an issue that the family had to face. And to survive, they took all the valuable things they had, sold them, forged their identifications, and embarked on a journey of survival.
- Unfortunately, safety was still an issue in China, so the family decided to move to Japan, which was more secure.
- A few years went by, and Michael’s father decided that it’d be safer to move the family again. He suspected that a political conflict was about to happen, and he didn’t want his family to be part of that.
- This time, they moved to Sydney, Australia, and they restarted their lives with more hope. Michael’s dad took a job as the headmaster at a very prestigious school in Sydney.
- Michael was quite the athlete. In fact, he was a star athlete. His athletic skill helped him to become a celebrated decathlete; and his state medals kept piling up.
- You see, despite his success on the athletic field, Michael still never really felt like he belonged, and his need for isolation only became stronger.
- Soon enough, he began to disassociate himself from material possessions for the sake of exploring nature. His mindset had changed, and his outlook towards life had evolved, along with his appearance.
- Slowly and gradually, Michael moved closer and closer to the jungle, until he became a full-time resident there.
- Queensland jungle received a phone call that an almost naked man was spotted wondering in the streets. The police responded quickly, and after a lengthy chase, Michael was arrested.
- The police decided to admit him to a mental institution, where he would be diagnosed and treated appropriately.
- What the doctors didn’t understand at the time, was that his “barbaric”, Tarzanian behavior, wasn’t due to mental illness; it was just his choice. After years of trying ineffective treatments, doctors finally gave up, and Michael was free again.
- In 1966, he joined the Australian Aboriginals, and that was the best choice he could’ve made at the time, because he remained with the aboriginals, and lived off the land, for more than 50 years.
- He was also quite the prankster as well. He would wait up in trees and jump on passing trucks to scare the passengers. Even though he didn’t want to be part of society, he still enjoyed having some minor contact with it.

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      Hey there! What's your dream place to live? :)

      about 1 month ago
    • Fish Keeper TV
      Fish Keeper TV In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      Playboy mansion.

      about 9 days ago
    • Spotted Hyena
      Spotted Hyena In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      Either The Jungle, African Savanna, Minecraft, And Maybe In A Mountainous Forest! I Would Love To Hang Out With Some Jaguars And Pumas! (Assuming That The Wild Animals Are Ok With Me, Of Course)

      about 10 days ago
    • Mike justin Cuerdo
      Mike justin Cuerdo In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      I want to live in a peacefull world that there is no crime and there's no bad thing's happenning around the corners

      about 12 days ago
    • North or South
      North or South In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      Somewhere where i dont have allergies

      about 13 days ago
    • seth swoope
      seth swoope In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      Dream place would be a top a huge mountain or a beach front home

      about 14 days ago
    • Yukinne Kobayashi
      Yukinne Kobayashi

      So is living in the jungle considered not normal?

      about 2 days ago
    • Susse Kind
      Susse Kind

      Very inspiring. People should be, who they want to be, regardless of what others think.
      As long as you're not hurting anybody else, do it!

      about 2 days ago
    • Matthew Holt
      Matthew Holt

      there are no paranas in the rain forrest I know because im a local

      about 3 days ago
    • Chaz Brown
      Chaz Brown

      The aboriginals have been living in that jungle since white people came and took over their continent. Why is it such a big deal that this man did it?

      about 3 days ago
    • jmatt4life

      I thought there would be lots of pictures.
      I was very disappointed at the lack of pictures!!!

      about 6 days ago
    • Rizza Umami
      Rizza Umami

      when he say it was his choice, that was the illness

      about 6 days ago
    • imbohawk


      about 7 days ago
    • imbohawk

      Don't know

      about 7 days ago
    • imbohawk


      about 7 days ago
    • Joe Carrier
      Joe Carrier

      1000% less stressful

      about 9 days ago
    • Navy Flyer
      Navy Flyer

      I knew the Aborigines would have to come save him.

      about 9 days ago
    • Fish Keeper TV
      Fish Keeper TV

      How did he survived Malaria and Dengue?

      about 9 days ago
    • Kevin Cahya
      Kevin Cahya


      about 10 days ago
    • Alwyn Agbayani
      Alwyn Agbayani

      Bloody barbarians!

      about 11 days ago
    • Christopher Smith
      Christopher Smith

      Piranhas in Australia?😂 better fix it guys that's embarrassing.
      Only ever been 1 piranha ever found in Australia, and it was let loose by some fish loving lunatic. Once more, that particular piranha only ate plants, terrifying.

      about 14 days ago
    • Diory N
      Diory N

      Hed be happier if Jane was around with him.

      about 14 days ago
    • Prudish Mouse
      Prudish Mouse

      TARZAN NEVER FORGOT. It is us who lost our touch with Mother Nature. Think of it.

      about 14 days ago
    • Piman Mann Jaques
      Piman Mann Jaques

      There are no piranhas in Australia. The most dangerous creatures would have been Crocs and poisonous snakes and spiders.

      about 15 days ago
    • Rati2504

      ayy am from georgia

      about 15 days ago
    • Shaan Singh
      Shaan Singh

      The meanness of humans and their pathetic nature

      about 15 days ago
    • Mehran Freeman
      Mehran Freeman

      Pirhanas in Australia!🧐
      No eay mate ,you may mixed something with pirhanas .

      about 16 days ago
    • Izzy kiso
      Izzy kiso

      The real life son goku

      about 17 days ago
    • Kenneth De Guzman
      Kenneth De Guzman

      You must show some picture of Michael........

      about 17 days ago
    • Nilesh Kulkarni
      Nilesh Kulkarni

      Australia rivers doesn't contain piranhas .

      about 17 days ago
    • Tianni Xie
      Tianni Xie

      Pls do more of these videos they are so interesting

      about 18 days ago
    • Mirian Hernandez
      Mirian Hernandez

      But how is he shaved?

      about 18 days ago
    • OfficialMusicD2

      i bet his dad wished they he took the train, then again he probably would've been a train conductor. but hey at least he would've been among civilization. then again who wants to be part of civilization then again its alright, ok ill stop typing now

      about 19 days ago
    • Czarena Dela Cruz
      Czarena Dela Cruz

      How did you know :o

      about 21 day ago
    • Scott Dunlop
      Scott Dunlop

      No piranhas in Australia! No jungle in Australia either just rainforest

      about 21 day ago