In July 2014, a 4-year-old girl named Karina Chikitova wandered into a Siberian forest and quickly got lost. But thankfully, she wasn’t alone. Karina’s faithful dog, Kyrachaan, remained right by her side. He warded off bears and wolves and cuddled up against her to keep her warm in the freezing nighttime temperatures. Karina lived on fresh berries and water.
At first, Karina’s grandmother thought she joined her father when he left their remote village to find work. But when her grandmother discovered the little girl had not actually joined him, she frantically called the police. One hundred people banded together to search for her by air and land.
Over a week had passed when Kyrachaan finally returned to the village. When the rescuers saw him, they assumed that meant Karina had not survived. But they quickly realized the dog was trying to lead them toward her.
In the incredible video below, via the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Republic Sakh, watch the jaw-dropping moment rescuers finally locate and rescue Karina…
Karina wandered into a Siberian forest and got lost, but her dog Kyrachaan stayed by her side and kept her safe and warm. One hundred people searched for her by land and sea.
A week passed, and still no sign of the little gir. When Kyrachaan finally ventured back to the village, rescuers assumed this meant Karina had not survived.
But rescuers quickly realized the dog was trying to lead them toward Karina, and so they followed him back into the wilderness.
Eleven days after she first went missing, rescuers found Karina hidden in a bed of tall grass… four miles from home.
Karina was weak and malnourished, but miraculously, her only injuries were bug bites and scratches. It was her dog that ultimately saved her.
The village dubbed Karina ‘Mowgli,’ the little boy from Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ who lives and survives in the wilderness.
Karina’s story took the country by storm, and a statue called ‘Girl with Dog’ was unveiled at Yakutsk Airport as a tribute to the little survivor and the dog that saved her.
What an incredible testament to the loyalty and heroism displayed by our four-legged friends. If you’re impressed by Karina’s story, please SHARE it with your friends on Facebook!