By Travel & Leisure
October 04, 2016
Pack of Puppies Save Toddler Stranded in Siberian Wilderness
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A toddler is being called “the real-life Mowgli” after surviving in the Siberian wilderness, thanks to a pack of dogs.

According to NBC News, a 3-year-old boy named Tserin Dopchut went missing from the Russian village of Khut while being watched by his grandmother. Dopchut wandered off into the frigid wilderness while his grandmother was doing laundry.

The local Emergency Situations Ministry sent over 100 rescuers and a helicopter to search the area and find the boy, but had no luck after three days of scouring the region’s dense, expansive forests.

Thankfully, that’s when things went to the dogs — in a good way. A mother dog and her two babies followed the boy as he strayed away from home. Throughout the panicked search for Dopchut, the dogs came and left his grandmother’s home, going back to keep the boy company and provide him with some much-needed warmth.

Eventually, one of the rescuers decided to follow the pups and found the boy just two miles from home, sitting under a tree and waiting for help.

Dopchut, who survived thanks to the dogs and a candy bar in his pocket, was initially disoriented after being found. He is now receiving medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.