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Girl Survived For 12 Days In Remote Forest With Only A Dog Company

Girl Survived For 12 Days In Remote Forest With Only A Dog Company
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September 21
08:33 2014

A three-year-old girl who survived a dozen days and nights alone in the Siberian wilderness has been discharged from hospital with a clean bill of health.

Karina Chikitova’s amazing rescue from thick forest where bears and wolves roam saw her story go round the world after she was plucked to safety last month.

Now after five weeks undergoing checks in two Russian hospitals, she is going home to her remote village in the Sakha Republic to be reunited with Naida, the puppy who saved her life.

The dog stayed with Karina, keeping her warm in chilly night temperatures, and then after more than a week went back to her village, exhausted and hungry, to try and summon help.

“In late July, Karina had followed her father Rodion into the taiga from their far-flung village, though he was unaware she did so. Then she got hopelessly lost, even though when was only a few kilometres from her home,” reported The Siberian Times.

Her grandmother who was looking after her was convinced her father had taken her with him to stay in a far-flung village where there was no phone contact.

It took several days for her horrified mother Aitalina to discover that she was lost.

A huge search began in the Sakha Republic, the largest region in Russia, only slightly smaller than India. When she was rescued – she was lying in a grassy hole – her face was covered in mosquito bites and she was desperately weak.

She drank water from rivers, and ate wild berries, but was badly undernourished.
Medics worked to help her regain her weight and checked she had not picked up any illnesses – but she has been given a clean bill of health.

‘The forest around Olom is full of bears,’ said rescuer Albert Semyonov, who revealed his men needed armed guards in looking for Karina.

‘Close to the gunners we felt somehow calmer. However, the thought of bears immediately switched to another concern: somewhere in the forest was this helpless child.’

The breakthrough came when rescuers found Karina’s footprint on the bank of a river when she had gone to drink water.

Next to her print, was the paw mark of a dog.

This gave rescuers hope they were in the right area, and next day found Karina.

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