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Boy has miracle escape after stray dog keeps him warm for three days and nights in minus 10C

By The Siberian Times reporter
22 March 2013

Seven year old Raul Kutliakhmetov was trying to rescue his best friend - a stray dog - stuck in three-metre deep roadside service shaft.

'We are in awe at how he managed to survive, sitting inside there for three days. He told us that all that time his dog and him were clutching to each other trying to warm each other up', a doctor who treated Raul said. Picture: The Siberian Times  

But Raul slipped in the snow and fell in too. A huge search involving 200 people for the missing boy failed to find him until more than 72 hours later road workers heard the exhausted barks of a dog from the pit.

Weak but conscious, Raul was pulled out with his saviour, the stray dog.

'I was coming back home from school and heard a strange noise,' said Raul, wrapped in blankets and re-united with his worried mother, but still shivering.

'It was coming from inside the uncovered hole on the side of the road. I looked inside and saw my favourite dog down there'.

The dog - who he sometimes played with in his village Bulgakovo - was howling, pleading to be rescued, said the boy from Bashkiria in the Urals.

'I came back home, had some food, changed into other clothes and went back to rescue the dog'.

But he slipped into the dark and cold shaft, falling three metres down, and was unable to climb out. 

Boy spends three nights inside the shaft Bashkiria


Boy spends three nights inside the shaft Bashkiria

Seven year old Raul Kutliakhmetov was trying to rescue his best friend - a stray dog - stuck in three-metre deep roadside service shaft. Pictures: The Siberian Times 

'I wanted to save the dog and fell inside; I was calling but no-one heard me,' Raul said. 

The cold stone walls of the shaft muffled his screams.

Road engineer Maksim Belskiy said: 'We were on duty on the Ufa-Orenburg route when a radio report came about the missing boy. 

'We decided to check all the service shafts around the area. We went around them and heard a dog wailing. And there inside the well together with the dog was a boy. We called the police and ambulance immediately.'

Re-united with his mother, Raul said: 'I'm shivering a lot and my legs and arms and aching'.

A doctor who treated him said: 'We are in awe at how he managed to survive, sitting inside there for three days. He told us that all that time his dog and him were clutching to each other trying to warm each other up'.

The dog warmed the boy, preventing him getting hypothermia. At night temperatures sank to as low as minus 10C. 

Boy spends three nights inside the shaft Bashkiria


Boy spends three nights inside the shaft Bashkiria


Boy spends three nights inside the shaft Bashkiria

Re-united with his mother, Raul said: 'I'm shivering a lot and my legs and arms and aching'. Pictures: life.ru, The Siberian Times 

The unnamed dog, a local stray, was rescued alive, too, though its current whereabouts were unclear. Hopefully the animal will be given proper medical treatment, a deserving home and regular meals. 

When the boy went missing, his mother apparently delayed calling the authorities fearing she would be accused of neglect and that her other children would be removed from her. 

However, a rescue operation soon began the with Russian Interior Ministry flashing details of the missing boy. 

'Mother of 7 years old Raul Kutliakhmetov has called for police and volunteers to help in searching for her son who went missing on March, 18, and has never been seen again,' said the report. 

'Raul has dark curly hair, blue eyes, thin lips, 130 cm tall, dressed in black coat, light blue jeans, fleece trousers underneath jeans, black hat and black leather shoes. He had 50 roubles in cash with him'.

Comments (13)

I SINCERELY HOPE THAT RAUL AND THE STRAY DOG ARE REUNITED.
CAROLANN ELIAS, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
27/11/2014 14:37
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How could the mother be more concerned with being accused of neglect rather than the safety of her son and why did the mother not offer to keep, protect and look after the dog her son so dearly loves? What kind of people would not take the dog in and make sure the dog was safe. This story really angers me.
Tina, Australia
01/04/2014 15:47
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I love this boy. Thank you for his kindness. However, PLEASE UPDATE THE FUTURE OF THIS DOG. I afraid that dog will be eliminated. It is rarely to find this kindness news in russian. T____T
Nan, Thailand
26/04/2013 12:11
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The mother delayed calling someone for how long, I wonder. If he was missing early evening why would anyone take her other kids for neglect. Sounds like a "story" to me and where is the dog.
Christine, USA
28/03/2013 19:47
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I am so happy about the young boy with the big heart to help the dog. Thank God he was found and he and the dog gave warmth to eachother. So.. what happened to the dog? By the looks of the picture it was in the freesing cold and looked like it was starving. Please tell me someone saved the dog, that saved the boy??!!
gail, North Bend, USA
27/03/2013 23:33
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What a kind and wonderful young man, with a strong will to live! He has a very compassionate heart and the same can be said for the dog!!! I pray that someone will find the dog and give him a good (and warm) home.
Donna Hall, Charlotte,NC< USA
27/03/2013 22:03
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Please update this story concerning the stray dogs future. The story is wonderful but a much better ending for the young boy who wanted to save the stray would be to save the stray. There must be services/rescuers that stepped in to help the dog? If the name of the RESCUE/SHELTER was reported I bet they would be flooded with donations. Respectfully, Misti
Misti Aljoe-Graber, Council Bluffs, Iowa. USA
27/03/2013 10:35
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Find that dog and reward him for saving the boy. With food, warmth, and love.
Aloha Starbuck, USA
27/03/2013 09:16
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Were is the dog? Please send him to the US and we will take care of him. you people have no mercey.
Lisa , USA
27/03/2013 02:08
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I sure hope someone goes looking for this dog !
Nita, Arkansas
26/03/2013 21:41
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I hope the family can have a place to live so the life saving dog can be with them!
mel, usa
26/03/2013 20:23
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Tell me the KGB hasn't arrested the dog?
What are you hiding Siberian Times?
Bruce, Scotland
23/03/2013 22:22
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What a strong young man. Wonder what happened to the dog?
Anna, Scotland
23/03/2013 00:24
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