What images appear in your mind when someone says Siberia?
Some may think of lush forests and mountains, but many think of harsh winters and a snow-covered, barren landscape.
It’s not uncommon for the temperature to drop to minus 38 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. Temperatures hover below zero well into April.
The case of a mother who abandoned her two-year-old son in sub-zero temperatures in Siberia sent shock waves around the world.
His survival is a miracle and it’s all thanks to an unlikely hero.
The boy was found by neighbors on an unheated porch that was attached to a house in a village in the Altai region of southern Siberia.
Neighbors couldn’t believe he was still alive, but it was all thanks to a dog who had kept the child warm for two days until help arrived.
The dog is described as a ‘hero’ and ‘savior’, by local officials, writes The Siberian Times.
The boy is recovering in hospital. The mother faces a potential jail sentence and losing the rights to raise her child, according to The Siberian Times.
Risk their lives to protect humans
If it wasn’t for the incredible care that this dog showed, we could have a completely different ending to this story. But time and again, dogs prove their loyalty and risk their lives to protect us humans.
It’s not the first time a dog has ensured the survival of a child, against all odds. Four years ago, 3-year-old Karina Chikitova went missing from her home in a remote village in Siberia.