A dog that had been wandering the Arctic for more than a week was rescued by a crew of a Russian ship.
Seafarers spotted the pup deep in the ice fields near the village of Mys Kamenny in northern Russia, the state channel Russia 1 reported.
The icebreaker ship’s captain Alexander Sannikov, Yegor Agapov, told the network the dog had approached the side of the ship on the icy landscape towards an oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob.
Video footage showed the little white dog named Aika wagging its tail and carefully walking across the ice before the crew lowered a ladder to climb.
Navigation assistant Evgeny Nagibin said: “We have posted the ladder that the dog used to climb on board by itself.
“Later we contacted the local population with the help of the cell phone and found the owner of the dog.”
They took the dog to the nearby village and found the owners who said Aika ran away while walking around the village.
It was unlikely that the dog would have survived had it not been discovered by the ship’s crew.
Aika’s grateful owner Svetlana Chereshneva said: “The dog hasn’t gone anywhere without us, we have no idea how she got there.”
Aika is a Samoyed, a herding dog with a thick, fluffy white coat, is a breed native to northern Russia and Siberia.