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Rescuers think that 3-year-old Larina Chikitova was able to survive 11 days and nights in the Siberian woods because of her puppy. Little Larina Chikitova was lost deep in the bear and wolf infested woods of the frigid Sakha region, the coldest in Siberia, but she was able to beat the odds and find cover thanks to her pet dog. Despite being in danger and without food for nearly two weeks, emergency officials believe the girl was able to survive on her own because she had Kyrachaan, which means “Little One,” by her side to help discover a safe place to sleep.
Larina went into the woods, wandering after her father, who had embarked on a remote firefighting operation July 29, according to Central European News. Rescuers came across numerous bears before eventually finding the child. The tot was extremely thin, with mosquito bites covering most of her body, as well as scratches on her feet.
3-year-old & her puppy survive 11 days in the woods
A three-year-old girl has survived 11 days and nights on her own in the Siberian taiga which is infested with wild bears and wolves. Karina Chikitova was saved by her puppy who kept her warm for more than a week before leaving her to return home to summon help. The girl survived eating wild berries and drinking river water in territory roamed by bears and wolves, according to The Siberian Times.
Russian girl, 3, survives 11 days and nights lost in Siberian wolf and bear infested wilderness
Her family was beside itself when the girl's dog turned up alone nine days after Karina had set off. But it was the dog who led rescuers to the isolated spot where the child was cowering in high weeds.
3-year-old Siberian girl rescued after being lost in woods for 11 days
Temperatures dipped as low 40 degrees in the capital city of Yakutsk during that timeframe. The region, which is one of the coldest on earth, sports the coldest city on earth, and frequently sees temperatures dip well into the negatives during the winter. Luckily for Karina and search crews, Sakha Republic is in the middle of summer, upping the chances for survival and rescue.
Earlier this week, three-year-old Joshua Childers wandered away from his home in southeast Missouri wearing only a T-shirt, sneakers and a pull-up diaper. After intensive searching for more than 52 agonizing hours, the 35-pound toddler was found alive three miles from his home in the wet, chilly and rough terrain of the Mark Twain National Forest, home to bears, mountain lions, and snakes.
Small Children: Kids between ages one and six usually travel between 0.67 and 1.65 miles. The smallest ones between one and three, like Joshua Childers, have no idea they're lost. If they're separated from their parents, they have no ability to find their way; they wander aimlessly, and they typically don't go very far. They're usually found sleeping.
Lost & Found: How a Three-Year-Old Survived 52 Hours in the Woods (and How You Can Too)
A few inexpensive pieces of equipment that will fit in your pockets are all you need to make survival and rescue a sure bet and your unforeseen stay in the wilderness a lot more comfortable.
In the modern world, you also often have the advantage of direct communication using a cell phone. Even in many wilderness areas, cell phones will work. So, if you have one, make sure you take it along. However, it can be a tragic mistake to rely exclusively on a cell phone. They are simply too unreliable to bet your life on, will not work in many circumstances due to technological limitations and too often don't work just when you need them the most, as many of us have discovered even in urban surroundings.
EQUIPPED TO SURVIVE
For families who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, having a child wander off and get lost is pretty unlikely. The S.T.O.P. acronym (Stop. Think. Observe. Plan.) is a great place to start, and is a helpful tool for kids when it comes time to remembering what they should do.
• STOP (Stay where you are)
• THINK (Don’t freak out)
• DRINK WATER
• FIND SHELTER
• PREPARE A SIGNAL
• KNOW BASIC ANIMAL SELF DEFENSE
Wilderness ‘survival’ skills for young children
He was located about 1.5 miles from where he had originally disappeared.
The search area kept being expanded as the days went on...
If an 1000 acres equals a little over 1.5 square miles then how could he have NOT been located...
Maybe I am just not thinking clearly...also, I read that the TBI isn't called in (I should know this as I live here) unless foul play is suspected or there is evidence to warrant that...
I don't know, sorry, just pissed off! and venting!
people who knew the little boy said he loved to hide and he ran all the time, and when he did adults could not catch up to him he was so fast
Unless you were there and saw the Sherriff deputy with tears in his eyes take his coat off and gently wrap little Noah's body and carry him away to the waiting unit. Unless you were there you have no right to judge. Rest in peace Noah.
The Pathologic Diagnoses from Dr. Zimmerman concluded, “The child suffered from environmental hypothermia.”
He was found outside in cold weather with “waterlogged hands and feet. There were small gastric mucosal hemorrhages [and] pinpoint hemorrhages of the lining of the stomach.”
Noah also had some dermal abrasions, which are superficial grazes or scrapes to the skin on his face, legs and right hand.
The lab report found no evidence of ethanol or drugs of abuse in his system, but he did suffer from dehydration.
The medical examiner found no sign of violent trauma, broken bones or any evidence of poisoning.