Three hikers accompanied by North, an eight-month-old Alaskan Malamute, had begun their descent down an icy slope when the accident occurred near the highest peak in the mountain range, which is nearly 1,800 metres above sea level.
Clever dog helped save one of the hikers
Hiker Grga Brkic was injured last after falling 150 metres with his cousin's dog in the Velebit mountain range near the Adriatic coast in Croatia.
North didn’t think twice, she laid on top of him for 13 hours to keep him warm until help arrived. It was difficult to reach them because of the snow, ice and trees blown down by the landslides, but the brave dog never left the hiker’s side.
The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) wrote on facebook: "North wrapped himself around (the victim) and warmed him up,".
"This little dog is a real miracle, nice, friendly, maybe he loves people more than other dogs," his owner told the daily Jutarnji List.
In the photo posted by the rescuers, the dog can be seen lying curled up on top of the victim lying on a stretcher.
Prijateljstvo i ljubav između čovjeka i psa ne poznaju granice. Spletom nesretnih okolnosti jučer popodne otklizali su zajedno niz padinu. Zajedno u sretnim i teškim trenucima, takav je život. North je prošao bez ozljeda, ali njegov prijatelj, mladi planinar nije bio te sreće. pic.twitter.com/t0Ptk7qXEn— Hrvatska GSS (@HrvatskaGSS) January 2, 2022
"From this example, we can all learn to take care of each other.” concluded HGSS on their facebook post.
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