A five-year-old ‘Mowgli girl’ who survived 12 nights in the bear-infested Siberian wilderness with only her pet dog for protection has made a remarkable recovery, her mother revealed.
Last August, she was found hungry, exhausted and covered in mosquito bites lying in a bed of grass almost two weeks after wandering off from her remote village home.
Her survival story made headlines around the world.
Now five, she is unfazed by her experience despite a real threat from bears and wolves, said her mother Talina, 22.
She was saved by her dog Naida, which had followed her into the Siberian taiga and kept her warm at night. She ate berries and drank water from rivers.
After nine days, the dog left Karina to find its way to the remote family home in Olom village, inspiring rescuers to redouble their efforts to find the brave girl.
Survivor: Karina was found last August hungry, exhausted and covered in mosquito bites lying in a bed of grass (above) almost two weeks after wandering off from her remote village home
Girl’s best friend: Karina Chikitova with her pet dog Naida who kept her warm at night after she wandered off from her home and ended up spending 12 days in the bear-infested Siberian wilderness. She is also pictured with her mother Talina who said her daughter had now ‘totally recovered’ a year after her traumatic ordeal.
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Karina had followed her father into the wilderness, without him realising.
Her grandmother, who was in charge of the child at the time, thought the girl’s father knew she was with him.
‘The forest around Olom is full of bears,’ said rescuer Albert Semyonov, who revealed his men needed armed guards in the hunt for Karina.
‘Close to the gunners we felt somehow calmer. However, the thought of bears immediately switched to another concern: somewhere in the forest was this helpless child.’
In December when Karina was reunited with her dog, she chided the pet: ‘Why did you leave me?’