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Dog Helps Save Woman Stuck 3 Days in Alaska Cold
'Elvis is a little hero'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 13, 2013 7:52 AM CST
A stock photo of a snowy dog (not Elvis).   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A woman is lucky to be alive in Alaska after surviving three nights of temperatures that sank as low as minus 20 degrees—and she has "Elvis" to thank. Vivian Mayo, 57, was found severely hypothermic early Wednesday, huddled beneath the burned-out hulk of her snowmobile with her small, brown dog Elvis. The dog "really did help save her life," says an Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman, explaining that the pet likely helped her preserve her body heat. Mayo had been staying at a cabin near Denali National Park with her husband, Scott Mayo, 61, but grew worried when he had gone to check on a trap line Saturday and hadn't returned by Sunday, reports the AP.

Hoping to return to her home in Cantwell to get help, Mayo set out on her snowmobile Sunday but only made it about a mile before the machine broke down. Unable to walk back to the cabin due to mobility issues, Mayo withstood the dangerous temperatures for three days until the arrival of rescuers—who were alerted by family members when the couple didn't return home as expected Tuesday night. An airplane and helicopter search later discovered Scott Mayo a few miles from the cabin, where he'd built a fire and was reported in good condition, despite nearly four nights out in the cold. It's unclear how Vivian ignited her snowmobile. Both had been released from a hospital as of yesterday.

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Dec 13, 2013 6:34 PM CST
As a wise man once said: God created man, and seeing him lonely, He created the dog. Then he created woman.
Dec 13, 2013 5:04 PM CST
I actually know this couple. I conceived my daughter in their small trailer which was behind their cabin in 1981! Their kids were just toddlers then. They must be grandparents by now. Vivy was never the brightest bulb, but why she didn't stay at the cabin is curious. Scott is a first-class woodsman and trapper and she shouldn't have been worried. Really nice, decent people. I'm glad they're both ok. Morgan says hi.
Dec 13, 2013 12:02 PM CST
The dogs and cats are the best animals ever and God's gift than most coward people in the world. They respect human being and all they want is love. Thats so priceless!