Dog Saves Girl Lost In Forest: See Czarue, 3-Year-Old Julia's Guardian Angel [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on March 4, 2013 11:00 AM EST

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Stray dog Czarue discovered 3-year-old Julia who got lost in Poland's marshlands on Friday. Czarue is now a town hero for rescuing the child. (Photo: YouTube)

A stray dog saves a lost girl in the dangerous cold and damp conditions of Poland's deep forest on Friday, Mar. 1.

Three-year-old Julia got lost after wandering in the frigid Polish marshlands. Frantic, Julia's grandmother quickly alerted the authorities of her disappearance as first responders raced against time to find her before the sun set and temperatures plummeted to life-threatening levels.

Officials deployed search dogs and a police helicopter overhead in an effort to find the child. When authorities failed to find Julia on Friday, the family feared the worst.

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Although the police couldn't find Julia, a stray little puppy named Czarue did. The dog discovered Julia on Friday and stayed beside the child the whole time, letting her huddle against his thick fur for comfort and warmth. If not for Czarue, Julia would have died in the cold.

Rescuers found Julia and Czarue on Saturday, four miles away from her grandmother's home. Julia, who suffered frostbite, was crying for her mother when she was discovered.

"This dog is the most important part of this story, he is a hero," said fireman Grzegorz Szymonowski, who was involved in the search effort for Julia. "It is thanks to this dog that the girl survived the night. We ran around 500 meters, and there was silence. We stood to listen further and we heard the dog and later the crying of a child. We went in the direction and saw the child lying in the shrubs, she was wet because there was water in the forest."

Having survived a harrowing night, Julia and her new dog Czarue are now the best of friends.

"She was with this dog all the time. She didn't go anywhere without it," said Julia's grandmother. "When she was with me, when I was looking after her, she constantly said, 'Granny, the dog needs to come in the house.' And she told me to cut bread and she fed it all the time."

Doctors determined Julia as completely healthy after she was admitted into the hospital.

"The only unusual symptoms are swollen hands and feet, probably from the frost," said head of the pediatric ward in Zielona Gora hospital Kazimiera Barczyk. "A surgeon inspected this and prescribed ointments. The next few days will show if there is some deeper frostbite, or just surface changes.

"This dog which was with her most probably kept her warm. It lay down next to her when she fell asleep. She was walking and walking, and fell asleep when she got tired. The child was brought just before eight o'clock, at the beginning she was scared of people, and she was in shock. At the moment her mother is going through a lot of stress."

Not only is Julia safe and sound, the little stray pup Czarue is hailed the town hero for saving his new best friend.

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