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Four-year-old survives 11 days lost in forest


Posted on Thursday, 14 August, 2014 | Comment icon 25 comments

The girl was eventually found very much alive after 11 days. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Donar Reiskoffer
A little girl somehow survived almost two weeks alone in a remote bear-infested forest in Siberia.
Karina Chikitova had been on her way to visit her father in Russia's northeastern Sakha region when, having discovered that he had gone out in to the forest to fight a wildfire, she decided to wander in to the woods to find him with nothing but her pet dog for company.

The alarm was soon raised when she didn't come back and search parties were organized in an effort to find her. Rescuers were forced to restrict their searches and could only venture out in the presence of special forces due to the abundance of bears.

Incredibly, the girl was found a full 11 days later very much alive but somewhat emaciated. Her whereabouts were discovered after her dog had turned up at a local village, providing rescue teams the opportunity to follow its trail back to her location approximately four miles away.

"It's simply incredible that she was found safe with so much wildlife in the forest," said a spokesman.

It is believed that the four-year-old survived by eating berries and drinking from streams while her dog kept her warm at night and scared away predators while she slept.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (25)

Tags: Woods, Siberia, Bears

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by Calibeliever on 14 August, 2014, 17:19
I do love a happy ending
Comment icon #17 Posted by bobb73 on 15 August, 2014, 2:08
Wow amazing story, thanks for posting this!
Comment icon #18 Posted by qxcontinuum on 15 August, 2014, 2:16
She is Russian. .... These ppl are overbuilt!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Sundew on 15 August, 2014, 3:16
By that age she has already had two years survival training by the KGB!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Ashyne on 15 August, 2014, 8:55
She will soon star in a new series, a spin-off of Survivorman, called Survivortoddler.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Silent Trinity on 15 August, 2014, 15:13
Beat that Rambo, she needs to be fast tracked through to the Spetsnaz I think lol. Seriously though, I bet her parents were relieved afterwards and I am really glad she was found safe and well, a thankfully happy ending...
Comment icon #22 Posted by hellwyr on 16 August, 2014, 11:37
I watched the video she didn't look scared at all....Now she has an interesting story to tell when she grows up
Comment icon #23 Posted by Beacon_Field on 21 August, 2014, 12:53
The dog scared away predators? If only all those kids had a dog when Jimmy Savile was about.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Kaikou on 22 August, 2014, 3:13
She will soon star in a new series, a spin-off of Survivorman, called Survivortoddler. I would watch that. Much better than most of the other stuff on tv. As long as we don't see any Battle Royale style twists.
Comment icon #25 Posted by stevemagegod on 22 August, 2014, 4:38
It's amazing she didn't eat a poison berry while out there. But I guess this goes to show you that survival instincts are natural and don't need to be taught if push comes to shove.


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