A 10-year-old Russian Miraculously Survives Harsh Blizzard in Russia By Hugging Stray Dog For 18 Hours

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A 10-year-old girl miraculously survived after clinging to a stray dog for 18 hours during a harsh blizzard in Russia that was marked with 2-foot snowdrifts, according to published news reports.

The terrifying ordeal took place on Jan. 13, when Viktoria Zarubina went missing from her school around 1 p.m. in the town of Uglegorsk, an island of Sakhalin in Russia.

The girl’s mother, Tatyana, called the police when her young daughter did not return home. 

As the weather got worse and visibility was limited, many people searched for the young girl all night. Volunteers and police searched yards, alleys, and houses in the vicinity.

One volunteer told Komsolmolskaya Pravda that after searching all night, search crews began to get discouraged. “By morning, we started to think she would not be found alive. How can you survive such a nightmare outside?”

After someone reported that Zarubina was playing with a stray animal near an apartment building’s yard, search crews found her.

Over 18 hours later, Zarubin, who was still on a mattress hugging the stray dog, was found under a low balcony. This provided some protection from the elements, located 500 yards away from her house. She had been sitting on a mattress hugging the stray dog when rescue teams found her, Newsweek reported

The news outlet reported that she was taken to hospital and returned home the next day. 

According to Komsolmolskaya Pravda, the young child was scared of the storm and when it started to get dark, she huddled next to the dog as the blizzard grew worse.

Ulegorsk Police spokesperson stated that “fortunately everything turned out to be all right with the girl,”ASTV was the news outlet.