What do you think of when you hear the word Siberia? Some may see lush greenery, forests and a wealth of wildlife in front of them.
But many think of the ice-cold winters and the snow-covered, rugged landscape. It is not uncommon for temperatures to drop to -40 to -50 degrees in winter.
Anyone in their right mind knows that you can’t leave a baby outdoors in such conditions, but that was exactly what happened in this incredible story from the Altai region in Russia.
A mom had abandoned her two-year-old boy and left him on the porch when the temperature dropped below minus 20 degrees
The chances were almost non-existent that the child would survive the night – but then an unlikely hero appeared and acted as a guardian angel.
The dog, who lived in the cottage where the boy was abandoned, apparently saw that the little boy was in grave danger on the porch.
The dog sat over the child and his fur and body heat managed to keep the boy warm and alive for two whole days.
It took two days before the neighbors noticed that the dog lay curled up on the porch and came to make sure everything was okay. When they discovered the child under the dog’s fur, they realized the seriousness of the situation immediately.
Despite the dog’s protection and heroic efforts, the little boy suffered from acute hypothermia and was in a very bad way.
Miraculously, the baby survived and was able to recover in the hospital, reports English language newspaper The Siberian Times.
The dog is being described as a ‘hero’ and a ‘saviour’ by the residents of the Loktevsky region.
The mother of the child will be prosecuted and is facing a potential prison sentence and loss of her parental rights. She returned 4 days after the child had been found by the neighbors, writes The Siberian Times.
If it were not for the incredible care that this dog showed, this story would have a very different end. But over and over again, dogs prove their loyalty and that they’re willing to go through fire, ice and water to protect us humans.
It’s not the first time a dog has saved a child, against all odds, in Siberia. 3 years ago, 3-year-old Karina Chikitova went missing with her dog from their home in a remote village in Sacha, Russia.
The area she disappeared in is full of wolves and bears, reports The Siberian Times.
After being missing without a trace for 9 days, during which time the little girl survived by eating berries and sleeping in the grass, her dog ran to find help in a nearby village.
The smart dog led the way for the rescuers, who were eventually able to find the 3 year old girl. An unbelievable relief for her parents!
She didn’t suffer from any major injuries, apart from some mosquito bites.
The dog had protected her during the nights and led her to safety – until he could eventually find a way for rescuers to find her.
Both of the children are alive and well today – all thanks to their faithful dog friends. Dogs are truly incredbile, heroic animals!
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