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Dog saves injured hiker in Croatian mountains

Alaskan Malamute dog saves injured hiker
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An eight-month-old dog has saved an injured hiker by laying on top of him for 13 hours in order to stop his owner Grga Brkic from freezing to death. 

Grga and his dog fell almost 150 metres whilst out hiking in the Croatian mountains and soon discovered that he was unable to move to get himself to safety. 

The courageous canine was left unharmed, but his owner wasn’t so lucky and had suffered serious injuries to his leg and rendered immobile.

The two other hikers that he was walking with in the Velebit mountain range were unable to get to him, which is when they raised the alarm to help rescue their friend.

Almost 30 first responders attended the scene, which was almost 1,800 metres above sea level, as they attempted to locate the pair.

As the darkness of night fell, the Alaskan Malamute, named North, curled around him to ensure that he remained warm until the pair could be rescued.

The overnight operation was hampered by the snow, ice and broken trees that blocked the rescuers path. The team reached the pair by midnight and were able to pass the hiker over to the medics for treatment eight hours later.

Following the dramatic rescue, Grga described his pooch as “a real miracle”.

In a Facebook post (opens in new tab), Croatia’s mountain rescue service shared the story explaining how “friendship and love between man and dog have no boundaries”.

“His [North’s] loyalty didn’t stop even when the rescuers came, he was one of us, guarding his man for 13 hours”, they explained.

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