A three year old girl lost in a forest has been rescued after she miraculously survived alone in the woods of Siberia for 11 days with her puppy. The little girl, Karina Chikitova, was rescued by the security forces of the Republic of Sakha after spending over a week lost in the forest. An Aug. 12 report from the Toronto Sun explained that rescuers found the child huddled amid the weeds.
Karina disappeared on July 29 allegedly due to a mistake made by her parents. Her father undertook a journey to his home village without knowing that his daughter, with her puppy, followed after him. Meanwhile, the mother believed that the child was with her husband. Four days later, both realized their terrible misunderstanding.
Throughout the days the girl was missing, she survived by feeding on wild berries and drinking water from a river nearby where bears and wolves roamed.
But the fundamental support for Karina was her puppy. The little dog kept her warm on the cold nights in this part of Russia, where nighttime temperatures can dip to zero degrees Celsius.
"Two days before we found Karina her puppy came back home," said Afanasiy Nikolayev, spokesman for the Sakha Republic Rescue Service."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 have lost all hopes. Our hearts truly and deeply sank," Nikolayev expressed. However, the puppy led the rescue team to where the girl was sheltered.
Karina was conscious and in apparent good health. She was taken to a hospital in Yakutsk where the various tests have proved that the girl is in perfect condition though weak.