Dog found enclosed in -54C ice with only head sticking out saved by village

A dog found encased in ice at -54C was rescued by Siberian villagers who have adopted her.

The stray was discovered nearly dead after her desperate cries for help were heard by a hospital worker.

Only her head was clear of the ice when she was freed by a group of kind-hearted locals who dug her out.

The unlucky pooch has been given a new home by the woman who discovered her in Churapcha village, 3,150 miles east of Moscow.

The hospital kitchen worker heard the animal's desperate moans but was unable to free the distressed dog.

She called for help from other villagers and members of a local automobile club arrived with crowbars to chip away at the ice and free the pooch.

A video shows local man Terenty Tomsky, in his 40s, working to liberate the animal in the intense cold.

Once free, she was taken in to the warm and fed.

Locals expected the poor dog to be seriously frostbitten but surprisingly her condition was "not severe", said reports.

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She was bandaged by a local vet and now has a new life after being adopted by the cook who heard her cries for help.

The dog has a tag in her ear, showing her to be a stray that had been caught, vaccinated and sterilised and then released back to the street.

The incident came in the most severe winter for a decade and a half in Yakutia, an area of Siberia that is the coldest permanently inhabited region in the world.

By comparison, the coldest-ever temperature in Britain was minus 27.2 degrees Celsius in 1895 and 1982.

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