A Russian man found himself stranded in the middle of a forest in sub-zero conditions for over a month after storming out of the house following an argument with his wife over her cooking.
Yuri Ticuic must have wished he hadn’t bothered bringing it up at all after complaining to his wife after she served him up a bowl of cold soup.
And his wife must have feared he had left her for good after he failed to return for over a month having inadvertently walked deep into the heart of a dense woodland.
The 69-year-old quickly found himself stranded in the bitter cold, unable to find a way back to his house in Altai, Russia.
‘I walked and walked but after a few hours I didn’t have any idea where I was and I couldn’t find my way back,’ Mr Ticuic explained to the local media.
‘I thought I was going to die. The temperatures were sub-zero and I was getting really weak.’
Having turned his nose up at his wife’s bowl of soup, the pensioner was forced to survive for weeks on a diet of berries and forest leaves.
He was eventually found frostbitten and close to death by farm workers who then raised the alarm.
‘One day I heard voices and saw some farm workers. I called them and they managed to get me to hospital,’ he explained.
Mr Ticuic has insisted he has learnt his lesson from the incident, saying: ‘No matter what happens, that’s the last time I criticise my wife’s cooking. Anything is better than hay grain.’
Doctors say he is lucky to be alive, but fear they may have to amputate his legs.
‘They are severely damaged from frostbite and it may not be possible to save them,’ said a hospital spokesman.