A French masher—that is, a dog sled driver—lost one of his trusty Idiatrot sled dogs while driving in Alaska. Husky “Leon” was lost on March 6th during a break on the 3000km route. Despite an intensive search, the 3-year-old four-legged friend could not be found. Leaflets were distributed in all surrounding towns, the French mobilized on social media – without success.
Helicopters were also used to search for Leon in the area, but he has disappeared. On May 30th, almost three months after the husky’s disappearance, came the big surprise: residents of the small town “Ruby” said they saw the four-legged friend roaming around the houses on the outskirts. Its owner has been contacted to identify the husky. And really: the “wild” dog was the lost “Leon”. Surprisingly, the four-legged friend was in good health, had hardly lost any weight and recognized his owner immediately.
It’s almost unbelievable: Leon made it 300 kilometers alone through the ice desert to the city of “Ruby”. The husky’s sense of survival shows the close relationship to the wolf: Leon didn’t meet these old conspecifics – that would most likely have ended badly for the four-legged friend, according to his master.
The French Masher is very happy about the return of his “best friend” and posted pictures together on Facebook. “Leon is with me! A great story, a beautiful story of love and friendship between all the people who helped, who thought very deeply about this reunion,” he wrote on Facebook, “Thank you! Life is good!”