A puppy saves a girl in a Siberian forest after she went wandering from her home village as temperatures dropped to freezing levels.
According to Examiner, a puppy saves a lost little girl in the Siberian forest, and now the story is making news worldwide. Karina Chikitova wandered off and became lost for 11-days, but her dog came back home and was able to lead rescuers to her.
At first, Karina’s mother thought the little girl was in a Siberian village to visit her father. Several days later her family realized this wasn’t the case. Her disappearance sparked a major search operation.
Karina’s mother wasn’t able to contact her husband for four days. When she did, she discovered Karina and the family puppy were both missing, likely having wandered off in pursuit of her father who didn’t know the girl was in the Siberian forest to follow him.
The little girl was in the Siberian forest with her her puppy, surviving on wild berries and river water in the remote Sakha Republic, which is roamed by bears and wolves. When Katrina’s dog returned to the village, rescuers said they feared the worst.
Searchers began combing Russia’s Sakha region, but as days passed, many felt it was unlikely Chikitova would be found alive in an area so populated by bears that searchers wouldn’t go into the woods without special forces. In addition, the weather dropped below freezing at night.
When the girl’s puppy showed up at the hamlet, the searchers lost all hope, because they had thought maybe the puppy cuddled up with her to keep her warm and safe.
With no means of communication in the rural area, the girl in the Siberian woods was on her own, and her mother didn’t figure out for four days that her daughter must have gone into the forest to look for her father. At this time, all they knew was that her puppy was safe. The big question was: Where is Katrina?
Afanasiy Nikolayev, a spokesman for the Sakha Republic Rescue Service, told The Siberian Times:
“Two days before we found Karina her puppy came back home … 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. If she was to hug her puppy, we thought, this would have given her a chance to stay warm during nights and survive.”
But the puppy led rescuers to the girl in Siberian, who “looked surprisingly well,” Nikolayev said.
The little girl is in a Siberian hospital to regain her strength. Doctors say she will make a full recovery. The puppy is also doing fine.