11 year old Hamdü Sena Bilgin lives in a small village outside the city of Rize in Turkey.

Hamdü Sena Bilgin

Her family runs a small farm, where they raise goats for their milk. She works as a goatherd.

Her dog, Tomi, always stays by her side to help her, even when it’s freezing out.

Hamdü Sena Bilgin

One day, Hamdü Sena and Tomi were tending to goats grazing on a snowy hillside far from home, when one of the goats went into went into labor. Sena feared that the mama goat and her soon-to-be-arriving baby would be too weak to make it back on their own, so she decided to take charge.

“After the goat gave birth, I led the rest of the herd back to their shelter,” Hamdü Sena says. “Then I grabbed two backpacks from the house and went back to the goat and her baby with Tomi.”

The backpacks are usually filled with books and school supplies, but on this particular day, they held something even more precious.

Hamdü Sena Bilgin

Hamdü Sena loaded the mother goat into her backpack, and put the newborn into the one which Tomi carried.

“He’s a good dog,” Hamdü Sena says. “Very smart.”

Then they dragged themselves through the steep, wintery terrain to bring the mama and her baby to safety.

Hamdü Sena Bilgin

“The snow was so thick, I was exhausted,” said Hamdü Sena. “But it was worth it.”

At the end of the trek, she was joined by her brother. He took the photos of the rescue.

Hamdü Sena Bilgin

Thanks to Hamdü Sena and Tomi, the mother goat and her baby are now both safe. They have received lots of praises online.

Hamdü Sena Bilgin

These two definitely did a wonderful job!

Hamdü Sena Bilgin

Hamdü Sena Bilgin

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