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Three year old miracle girl found alive after 11 days in Siberian taiga - thanks to her puppy

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11 August 2014


'I carried Karina myself to the car, and she was light as a bird. She was hardly ten kilograms - but amazingly she was fully conscious.' Picture: SakhaPress

Details are emerging today of the heroic rescue of the girl in the remote Sakha Republic, thanks to her loyal and loving dog. 

Karina Chikitova was huddled in tall grass after wandering away from home, apparently following her father Rodion who had left to go to his native village on 29 July. 

The mother believed she and her dog had gone with her father and in this part of remote Siberia had no way to check because of a lack of phone connections, discovering the awful truth only four days later, when a search was launched.

The girl aged three years and seven months survived by eating wild berries and drinking river water in territory roamed by wild bears and wolves. 

Little Karina made herself a bed in the grasses, which are common to the south-west of Sakha in summer, but they meant that helicopters and drones were useless in searching for her in the bear-infested taiga.

Ininitally her family and the rescue teams were distraught when the dog - which has not been named despite its heroic role - returned to the girl's village of Olom in Olyokminsky district .

'Two days before we found Karina her puppy came back home,' said Afanasiy Nikolayev, spokesman for the Sakha Republic Rescue Service.

Rescuers discuss the plan of rescue operation

Rescuers gather for search

Rescuers in the forest

'That was the moment when our hearts sank, because we thought at least with her dog Karina had chances to survive'. Pictures: NTV

'That was the moment when our hearts sank, because we thought at least with her dog Karina had chances to survive - night in Yakutia are cold and some areas have already gone into minus temperatures. 

'If she was to hug her puppy, we thought, this would have given her a chance to stay warm during nights and survive. 

'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.'

But the puppy guided the rescuers to the stranded girl.

'It was Karina's puppy that helped the adults find the girl,' said a report by NTV news. 'When it came back home two days ago her family had lost hope, thinking this definitely meant Karina had no chance. 

'But then it was the puppy that showed rescuers the way to Karina, and in the morning she was found.' The report said  'she was conscious and looked surprisingly well. 

'She was given food and drinks, and then with her mother she was first sent to the district hospital and then to Yakutsk. 

'She doesn't want to speak about the time she spent in taiga, or not yet. The only thing she said that she was eating berries and drank water from rivers'.

Mowgli girl Sibeia

Karina sitting in the grass

Karina with her mother

Karina carried to the car of rescuers

'We only made 20 metres and saw Karina sitting in the grass'. ' Pictures: SakhaPress, NTV

Nikolayev said that the rescuers saw traces of her bare feet. 'We began searches, thinking that if she had lost her shoes she would try and stay away from the deep forest, because there is a lot of sharp sticks there. In the morning, almost right after we began searches - we only made 20 metres - we saw Karina sitting in the grass. We rushed to her, got her a little tea and grabbed her to run back to the car and doctors. 

'I carried Karina myself to the car, and she was light as a bird. She was hardly ten kilograms - but amazingly she was fully conscious.'

Ekaterina Andreeva, a psychologist with the rescue team, said: 'We can say that the girl's mind was not hurt. She is talking, she reacts normally to everything around her. She recalls what happened to her.'

Karina is now in hospital in Yakutsk where medics are seeking to build up her strength. She had no serious injuries like broken bones, only scratches, especially on her feet because she was walking without shoes for a long time.

She was badly bitten by mosquitoes and other insects.

Karina in helicopter safe and sound

Karina in the hospital

Karina had no serious injuries - only scratches, especially on her feet because she was walking without shoes for a long time. Pictures: YSIA, SakhaPress

Lyudmila Nikolaeva, head of children care department of Republican hospital Number 1, said: 'The patient was moved from intensive care to a regular ward, she is getting food in small portions'.

Around 100 people had been hunting Karina, accompanied by hunters and special forces soldiers in an area especially known for bears. 

Comments (67)


I almost thought I entered a weird middle-dark-ages section of internet. Almost.

Thank DOG i was wrong.
GODDOG, pillaroftheuniverse
30/12/2015 00:17
Just so everyone's clear: God or Yahweh or god or gods or dog or Jesus's Nose had _nothing_ to do with this. Absolutely nothing. He or she or it is not bothering himself or herself or itself about random lost children or making pictures of Jesus in toast or tree knotholes.

No. He/She/It's way too busy ignoring the big things: allowing world wars, nuclear bombs, tsunamis, volcanoes, and global warming to even _start_ ignoring lost children.
Kato, Donburi, Japan
29/12/2015 22:52
Okay so some of you are annoyed that people are thanking god and calling it a miracle but I have to say this is not a miracle. By definition a miracle is a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws so this is not a miracle. On the terms of people thanking God, you can call them "brainwashed", and some are, but defending fellow christians or "ths just in, Canada" position, when they thank God they are thanking the fact that there was a dog that was loyal enough to save his/her owner. By thanking God you thank his for the dog that was there because he has done nothing in person but by thanking that the dog was loyal and was able to guide the rescuers you thank God.
my own two cents,
29/12/2015 20:55
The comment that read "was annoyed because Christians thank God' should realize that a lot of religions, not just Christians, believe in God. The comment that thanked god came from someone who is most likely a Sikh, not a Christian.
ths just in, Canada
29/12/2015 19:52
The comments thanking god is really annoying. If anything, thank the dog. You brainwashed Christians thank god for the girl's survival, totally forgetting that a deity with a shred of human heart would not let the girl wandering in the woods for 11 days in the first place. What if the girl died? You would probably thank god for taking the girl to heaven.
God My Ass, Korea
29/12/2015 18:49
If God saved her, then God also put her there...
Bob Tom, Geelong Aus
29/12/2015 17:56
I believe in miracles, but this isn't one of them. If you believe this kid just wandered 4 clicks into the wilderness and survived freezing temperatures for 11 days, drinking from river and cuddling her dog, you are naive. She was located in the middle of a field that had been search by SAR and overflights several times. This child was abducted then placed in that location so she could be rescued. This scenario has repeated itself hundreds of times in other places...
Arc Light, Bush/United States
18/05/2015 00:37
What kind of dog is he?
wpa4him, Nevada USA
20/02/2015 15:10
Unbelievable story.Thank God!Girl survived.
Sandeep singh, Punjab,India
10/12/2014 08:59
Perhaps watch David Paulides on YT and become familiar with his books. He is an ex-police officer, and you will never hear anything more astounding in your life. I promise you that. This girl did not just "survive", she THRIVED out there. Google: Missing 411. It will change your whole world...
transientdreams, Sausalito, California, USA
27/11/2014 20:29
We, the Tracy Breakfast Lions club, also wish Karina a quick recovewry and a long and successful life.9926
Don Bisbee, Tracy, California
05/09/2014 22:47
It was a nice story. God is great that she survived.
Israt, Bangladesh
05/09/2014 15:15
From another article - "Her dog is known as Kyrachaan to locals, meaning 'puppy' or 'little one' in the local Yakut language."

Interesting to learn that maybe little children hide in this situation, silently in tall grass in her case, like baby animals when mother is absent. Bless this little girl and her town. It seems like a wonderful and unspoiled place.

John, Texas USA
27/08/2014 22:28
What about the dog!! Not even a single picture of the intelligent and resourceful dog that saved her life. I hope he got at least a steak and chicken dinner out of it.
Rae, Hazel Green, United States
26/08/2014 02:41
This is a true miracle
laga, Nairobi, Kenya
22/08/2014 19:24

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