Turkish Girl and Loyal Dog Overcome Snowy Mountainside to Rescue New Mama Goat

Posted by Amber King
young goatherd with dog and goats
All images via Hamdü Sena Bilgin/The Dodo

A girl and her dog show everyone what it means to love animals.

Eleven-year-old Hamdu Sena Bilgin is a goatherd who lives on a small farm outside of Riza, Turkey. Her family raises the goats for their milk, and Hamdu Sena takes her responsibility seriously.

She spends her days taking care of her goats, and her dog, Tomi, is always by her side. Together, the young goatherd and her dog tend to the goats all year-round--even when the ground is blanketed with thick snow.

young goatherd with dog and goats

A few winters ago, Hamdu Sena and Tomi were with the goats far from their home. The goats were doing their best to graze despite the ground being covered with snow, when a pregnant female suddenly went into labor. Hamdu Sena knew the new mother and newborn wouldn't be strong enough to make it back home on their own.

With quick thinking, the young goatherd came up with a solution. After the baby was born, she led the rest of the herd back to the shelter. She ran into her home and took two backpacks that were usually full of books and school supplies. Without stopping to rest, she and Tomi headed back into the snow.

dog with goat in backpack

The pair made it back to the mother and newborn who were still too exhausted to walk. Hamdu Sena placed the mother goat into one backpack and the baby in the other. With the mother on her back and the baby strapped to Tomi, they began the slow journey back home. They trekked through the snow over hills and down valleys before the new family was finally safe at home.

Hamdu Sena told The Dodo:

"The snow was so thick, I was exhausted. But it was worth it."

young girl and her dog

The photos Hamdu Sena's brother took near the end of the trek have since gone viral. The world is applauding the young girl for her resourcefulness, quick-thinking, and compassion toward animals.

What do you think of Hamdu Sena's harrowing rescue? Let us know in the comments.

All images via Hamdü Sena Bilgin/The Dodo

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