The baby had wandered off into the forest from the family's garden.
The 22-month-old daughter of a nuclear physicist wandered off from her unfenced garden near Obninsk in the Smolensk region, Russia, into a dense forest. Lyuda Kuzina miraculously spent three nights in the forest full of bears and wolves all on her own. Five hundred people set out in search of the toddler but were soon beginning to lose hope. Until a group that had stopped to rest heard a noise, two-and-a-half miles from her home. “One of the groups stopped to rest after searching for a long time, and suddenly they heard a faint squeak,” said a spokesman for SALVAR rescue group, according to The Sun. "They called again and heard another squeak."
Toddler girl, 1, survives three nights in thick forest with bears and wolves https://t.co/tNNC2vHEeV— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) August 21, 2021
That's when they realized it was the one-year-old who was discovered in an area of fallen trees amid the dense forest. The little girl probably survived as the nights have been unusually warm. But the area is prone to wild animals including brown bears and wolves roaming about. It truly is a miracle how the baby managed through it all, all by herself. “Lyuda immediately stretched out her thin arms and snuggled tightly to her rescuers. Everyone cried... experienced and first-time volunteers, local residents, everyone was sobbing,” said the rescuers, adding “She was weak, bitten all over by insects, but most importantly she was alive."
The moment the little girl was reunited with her mother at the search headquarters was caught on film. Lyuda seemed well enough to drink water from a bottle on her own. Her mother had gone to speak to a neighbor when Lyuda wandered off. “Rescuers carried the girl to the edge of the forest,” said the Kremlin’s children’s ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova. “An ambulance was already waiting for her there. Now the baby is in a local hospital, she is being examined by doctors. She is conscious, and trying to speak.” The one-year-old was taken for checks at Special Children's Clinical Hospital in the regional capital Smolensk. In case of an emergency, a helicopter was on standby in the likelihood she needed urgent treatment in Moscow. Fortunately, she seems to be doing alright and her condition was assessed as not needing a top hospital in the capital. Regional health minister Olga Stunzhas said, “The child's condition today is assessed as moderate, and there is no threat to her life. The girl is on an intravenous drip to boost her strength.”
The incident comes after another which, unlike this one, had a devastating ending. A Russian woman was killed by a bear after she wandered off from a wedding party in Sverdlovsk. The 24-year-old had made frantic calls to emergency services saying she was lost in the remote Sverdlovsk region. Later, the calls stopped and they were unable to track her. The woman is feared to have been killed by wild brown bears. According to 7News, Wildlife inspector Andrei Sakulin said, “It is no longer possible to hope that the woman will be found alive.” There were footprints of a mother bear and cubs which meant the spot was “very dangerous for humans”, he said. “If a person accidentally finds themselves between a bear and her cubs, the predator can attack immediately and harshly, without growls and warnings,” he continued. “Bears attack with lightning speed, up to 60km/h, so it is impossible to run away. At this time of year, male bears also behave aggressively.” It was reported that the woman's remains may have been buried by bears.
Russian woman is feared to have been killed by bears after 'walking out of wedding where she’d argued with a guest'— MassiVeMaC (@SchengenStory) August 11, 2021
Yana Balobanova, 24, is believed to have been killed by wild brown bears in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia
Balobanova made desperate emergency calls from mobile pic.twitter.com/cxynsNgCXO