Never underestimate the power of a puppy. A three-year-old girl who had spent 11 days in a Siberian forest has been rescued after her puppy helped lead rescuers to her.
In the remote Sakha Republic, a place that is home to many bears and wolves, Karina Chikitova was discovered huddled in tall grass after wandering from her home on July 29th. The girl and her dog had reportedly followed her father as he left their home in Olom, but she got lost along the way.
Karina seems to have stayed alive on river water and berries with the puppy by her side. With overnight temperatures dipping dangerously low, her family felt that her only chance of survival was that she may be huddled with her dog for warmth. But two days before Karina’s rescue, the dog suddenly appeared back home — without the girl.
“That was the moment when our hearts sank, because we thought at least with her dog Karina had chances to survive — nights in Yakutia are cold and some areas have already gone into minus temperatures,” said Afanasiy Nikolayev, spokesman for the Sakha Republic Rescue Service. “If she was to hug her puppy, we thought, this would have given her a chance to stay warm during nights and survive. So when her dog came back we thought ‘that’s it’ –even if she was alive — and chances were slim — now she would have definitely lost all hopes. Our hearts truly and deeply sank.”
But the puppy turned out to be Karina’s only hope at survival, and he helped lead rescuers to her location where she was awake and alert, although very thin. Karina is now recovering from her ordeal in the hospital and doctors will work to help her regain her strength.