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      Puppy helps little girl survive the Siberian wildness for 11 days

      It's a heartwarming story of survival. A 3-year-old girl was miraculously found alive after she was lost in a Siberian forest for 11 days with her puppy. Rescuers found the little girl, Karina Chikitova, huddled amid weeds when the puppy led the rescue teams to her. "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 saved the day by leading the rescue team to where the girl was sheltered. WZTV reports 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 said she thought 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 are said to roam. But it was the puppy that helped keep Karina . The little dog kept her warm on the cold nights in this part of Russia, where nighttime temperatures can dip below freezing. 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 perfectly healthy though weak.
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