Girl, 4, braves wolves on -34C trek for help

James Marshall
March 18, 2017

A four year-old girl braved the Siberian winter and threat of wild animals to walk five miles in a bid to save her gravely ill grandmother. Her grandfather, who's blind, couldn't venture out for help, and so Saglana grabbed a box of matches and headed out into the minus-29-degree weather to try to get to the nearest neighbor's house about 5 miles away. He initially refused to let her go, but relented after realising he was incapable of looking after them and there was no other way to seek assistance.

Three hours and five arduous miles later, she was spotted by neighbors - whose house she nearly missed amid the undergrowth. Despite her ordeal, the young girl was only suffering from hypothermia.

After five gruelling miles Saglana almost missed her neighbours' house amid the undergrowth, and would have passed it if one of them had not spotted her.

Semyon Rubtsov, head of the regional search and rescue group added, "Tuva has simply filled up with wolves. She could have easily stumbled on a pack in the darkness". Salchak was hospitalized for a few days for a bad cold, where local politicians visited her to hail her as a hero, according to Tuva Online. "I just walked, walked and got there", she said. She recovered soon and now lives at a social center, where she just celebrated her fifth birthday. The Guardian notes that local media is now calling her a hero.

Saglana's mother and stepfather look after their own herd of horses in another part of the region. The Tuva Investigative Committee is investigating the conduct of social policy officials in the area, questioning why there was no adequate phone or emergency communications in the district. But now, authorities in the Tuva republic of Russian Federation have opened a criminal case against her mother for reportedly putting the little girl in danger. If charged, she could face a year behind bars.

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