Missing 2-year-old girl discovered snuggled up with her dogs in remote woods, using one as a furry pillow

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  • A two-year-old girl lost in the Michigan woods was found snuggled up in the woods with her two dogs.

  • She was lying on the smaller dog "like a furry pillow," state police said.

  • The toddler appeared to be in good health.

A toddler who went missing in the remote woods of Michigan was found snuggled up with the family's two dogs, The Associated Press reports. The two-year-old girl had wandered away from her family home in the state's Upper Peninsula, accompanied by the dogs.

A successful search operation led to the girl's discovery approximately three miles away from her home. She was found asleep, curled up with her dogs. She was lying on the smaller dog "like a furry pillow," state police said.

"She laid down and used one of the dogs as a pillow, and the other dog laid right next to her and kept her safe," Lt. Mark Giannunzio said. "It's a really remarkable story."

Volunteers, drones, and police dogs in night time search

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The state police troopers had been called to the girl's home in the Faithorn area of Menominee County at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday after the girl walked away.

A huge operation, according to AP, including local police and citizens from Michigan and neighboring Wisconsin, helped search the remote wooded area, alongside troopers equipped with drones and police dogs.

She was found approximately four hours later, asleep in the woods, at around midnight.

Lt. Giannunzio said the girl had a medical assessment and appeared in good health, unaffected by her ordeal in the woods with her canine bodyguards.


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