In July 2014, a 4-year-old girl named Karina Chikitova wandered into a Siberian forest and quickly got lost. But thankfully, she wasn’t alone. Karina’s faithful dog, Kyrachaan, remained right by her side. He warded off bears and wolves and cuddled up against her to keep her warm in the freezing nighttime temperatures. Karina lived on fresh berries and water.
At first, Karina’s grandmother thought she joined her father when he left their remote village to find work. But when her grandmother discovered the little girl had not actually joined him, she frantically called the police. One hundred people banded together to search for her by air and land.
Over a week had passed when Kyrachaan finally returned to the village. When the rescuers saw him, they assumed that meant Karina had not survived. But they quickly realized the dog was trying to lead them toward her.
In the incredible video below, via the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Republic Sakh, watch the jaw-dropping moment rescuers finally locate and rescue Karina…