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Girl survives Russian blizzard by hugging dog for 18 hours

Story at a glance

  • A 10-year-old girl went missing from her school in Uglegorsk, Russia, on Jan. 13 during a blizzard.
  • She was located 18 hours later hugging a stray dog for warmth.
  • She was transported to a local hospital and later released in good health.

A 10-year-old girl survived 18 hours stuck outdoors in a blizzard in Russia by hugging a stray dog. 

According to USA Today, citing local reports, the unidentified girl went missing from her school on Jan. 13 at approximately 1 p.m in Uglegorsk, Russia. The search for her was complicated by an ongoing blizzard, which led to 2-foot snow drifts. 


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The child was located 18 hours later, sitting on a mattress below a balcony outside of a shelter and clinging to a stray dog. She told authorities she was “hugging a fluffy dog for warmth.” 

“The fact that the girl remained alive in such weather really is a miracle,” volunteer searcher Anatoly Ivanov told a local paper, according to USA Today. 

She was transported to a local hospital and later released in good health. 


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