Girl Saved By Her Puppy After Spending 11 Days Lost In The Siberian Wilderness

08/14/2014 09:00 am ET | Updated Aug 14, 2014

What's more adorable than a puppy? A life-saving puppy, of course.

That's especially true of the pup named Kyrachaan, who rescued Karina Chikitova, a 3-year-old girl from northeast Russia's Sakha Republic. Thanks to her dog, Chikitova is recovering safely after spending 11 days in the Siberian wilderness.

Kyrachaan, meaning "little one," was with Chikitova when she got lost and is believed to have cuddled with the girl at night to keep her warm. After nine days, the dog went in search of help.

The Siberian Times reports that the young girl ended up in the remote area after wandering away from home in search of her father, who had left for a nearby village. As a result, her mother -- believing Karina to have gone with her father -- didn't realize the girl was lost in the woods.

Karina survived on wild berries and river water and seems to have escaped any run-ins with the bears and wolves inhabiting the area. According to the Toronto Sun, the girl "looked surprisingly well" when rescuers showed up, having followed the puppy to her hiding spot in a large tuft of grass.

The girl was taken to a hospital to recover.

PHOTOS of the rescue, and the puppy, below:

  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga
  • Sakha Republic Rescuers - The Siberian Times
  • Hero puppy saves girl in Siberian taiga

WATCH video from the rescue, below:

10 Brave Puppies

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