Puppy Saves Three-Year-Old Girl Who Was Lost in Siberia for 11 Days

Here's a true story better than a Disney movie: a little Siberian girl was rescued yesterday by her puppy after being lost in the forest for 11 days. Three-year-old Karina Chikitova survived "on wild berries and river water" while her puppy kept her warm. Eventually, the puppy ran back to her village and led rescuers to her in the woods.

The Siberian Times (via the Toronto Sun) reports that Chikitova "looked surprisingly well" after her rescue, and that she is now in the hospital to "regain strength." She was lost in the Siberian Taiga, which is home to bears and wolves. Her family had given up hope on finding her alive. From the Daily Mail:

"Two days before we found Karina her puppy came back home," said Afanasiy Nikolayev, spokesman for the Sakha Republic Rescue Service. "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."

The hero puppy—whose name hasn't been released yet for us to build a monument to him—was just coming back to lead Chikitova's family to her.

[Image via Daily Mail video]