In Russia, a 10-year-old girl spent 18 hours through the night in a blizzard. Having a stray dog was her secret to staying alive.
Russian newspapers Komsomolskaya Pravda and The Siberian Times claimed that a girl who went missing from school in Uglegorsk, Russia.
And got stuck in a snowstorm clung to the warmth of a stray animal before a pack of authorities and volunteers could target her.
The girl, who has not been publicly identified, was reported missing by her mother at around 1 p.m. on January 13.
Authorities and volunteers joined forces to search the town for the missing girl, despite the fact that visibility was low due to the blizzard’s 2-foot snow drifts.
Last but not least, a local sent information to Komsomolskaya Pravda, saying that she had seen a girl interacting with a stray dog near a shelter.
A girl suited for the cold was discovered sitting on a mattress with a small animal under a low balcony. The young lady said that she was “hug[ing] a fluffy dog for warmth.”
An Unpredictable and Potentially Lethal Snowstorm
During a blizzard on her way home from school, Vika became disoriented and lost her way.
Drifts of snow reached two feet high, preventing access to the ground levels of some buildings. That didn’t stop Vika’s loved ones and the rest of the town from looking for her, though.
At some point, the weather became so awful that it was impossible to see anything for the constant snowfall.
Members of Vika’s family roamed the neighbourhood, shouting her name. They inquired around the neighbourhood residents as to whether or not anyone had seen her.
One person stated that they spotted the girl playing with a stray dog near an apartment complex earlier in the day.
Dog Saves Girl’s Life
The stray dog strolled off after help arrived as if he realised his mission was done. The girl’s life was saved, but she suffered frostbite and had to be taken to the hospital immediately.
Tatyana, Vika’s mother, and her daughter met up in the hospital. As luck would have it, Vika’s wounds weren’t too severe.
And she was able to go home the same day. A single, unidentified hero dog was responsible for everything.
Ten-year-old Russian girl amazingly made it through a snow blizzard by clinging to a stray dog.
After a frenzied search by police, officials, and volunteers, Vika Z was discovered with frostbite while cuddling the ‘fluffy’ abandoned pet.
Uglegorsk is located on Russia’s largest island, Sakhalin, and the temperatures there dropped to minus 11 degrees Celsius while she was walking home from school.