Alaska State Troopers say that a woman is lucky to be alive after becoming stranded for three freezing nights near Denali National Park -- thanks in part to her loyal canine companion.
After Vivian Mayo's snowmobile broke down while out in the woods with her small dog, Elvis, she became stranded. Unable to walk out in the heavy snow, Mayo endured 3 freezing nights of until rescuers were able to find her, suffering from hypothermia, but amazingly, still alive.
With temperatures that dipped 20 degrees below zero, Mayo's exposure to the elements was eased by Elvis, who stayed cuddling against her through the ordeal. Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters tells the Anchorage Daily News that if it weren't for the dog, the outcome may have been tragically different.
"It really did help save her life," says Peters. "Elvis is a little hero."