Vivian Mayo, 57, of Cantwell, Alaska was found with her dog Elvis as the two of them shared body heat for three nights in the bitter Alaskan cold. Mayo's snowmobile broke down after she went search for her missing husband Scott Mayo, 61, who was found about three miles from their cabin in good condition. Scott, himself, had spent four nights in the cold.
Vivian defeated the Alaskan cold by burning her broken down snowmobile and cuddling with Elvis. On Thursday, Alaskan state troopers reported that they found Vivian at 1 am Wednesday morning, sheltered by her burnt snowmobile. She was suffering severely from hypothermia and received immediate attention.
Megan Peters, who is the spokeswoman for the Alaskan state troopers, was recorded stating 'It really did help save her life, Elvis is a little hero.'
Their story began over the weekend when Vivian and Scott traveled on their snowmobiles to a cabin near mile 105 of Denali Highway, a mostly gravel road running from east to west in Denali National Park and Preserve. Scott went out Saturday to check a trap line that began four to five miles away from their cabin. He did not return by Sunday so Vivian made the difficult decision to go out in search of her husband. She only got a mile away when her snowmobile broke down in the freezing wilderness.
The Mayo's told their family they would be back by Tuesday, at 7 pm, and if they did not return by 10 pm then to alert the authorities. The state troopers where called Tuesday night. Trooper James Ellison and volunteer rescuers headed out and found Mayo in about three hours. Vivian's mobility was limited in the negative twenty degree weather and could not suffer the mile walk back to the cabin.
Once Vivian was found troopers shifted their attention to finding Scott. At 2:45 am, Ellison reported that he found Scott's trail. With a C-130 airplane and a Pave Hawk helicopter searchers found Scott Mayo at 5:13 am, approximately three miles from the cabin. He was reported to be in good condition.
Peters is positive that Vivian cuddling with the small brown dog helped keep her temperature up and kept hypothermia from setting in at a more substantial rate. It is absolutely a possibility that Elvis saved her life.