Croatian rescuers praised a dog for protecting the injured owner from freezing high in the snow-capped mountains and keeping him warm in the dark for 13 hours until he received medical assistance
Zagreb, Croatia-This is not a St. Bernard dog.
“The friendship and love between people and dogs is endless,” the county’s mountain rescue service wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, with a photo of the dog’s owner lying on a stretcher.
The accident happened late on January 1, when the Velebit mountain, which is more than 1,700 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, stretched along the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Rescuers said that the man and the dog-a type of Alaskan malamute called the North-slipped and fell about 150 meters (500 feet).
The hiker’s leg was severely injured, but the dog was not injured. As the temperature dropped after nightfall, rescuers worked hard to find them. It used its body temperature to keep it warm.
“(North) curled up next to him and warmed him with his body,” the rescuer’s post said, “Even if the rescuer came, his loyalty did not stop. He is one of us, the one who guarded him 13 Hours.”
Rescuers said it was particularly difficult to move at night due to snow, ice and broken branches obstructing access to the scene. A team of 27 people participated in the rescue. They arrived at the pair at midnight and handed the hiker to the medical staff at around 8 AM on Tuesday morning.
“This example can teach us how to care for each other,” rescuers said.