Bitsy the Chihuahua, weighing in at around two pounds, jumped out of her owners' motor home at a rest stop along the Trans-Canada highway and disappeared into the wilderness of Banff National Park.
After searching for hours, her owners reported her missing.
For five days and four chilly nights little Bitsy was able to survive in an area where bears, cougars and birds of prey are in constant search of Chihuahua cacciatore. There is also a railway line and a busy highway.
But Bitsy was tougher and smarter than anyone would have thought.
Finally she was spotted running along a highway which brought traffic to a stop. She ended up hiding in the wheels of a stopped transport truck.
It took five people, motorists and members of the park staff, to capture her. She had been described as a friendly dog, but her survival skills were kicking in and she was snarling and snapping until they caught her.
Remarkably she had no marks on her and was described as “full of vim and vigour,” just very very hungry.
The first food available was a bit of fortune cookie.
The fortune read: “The bad is finally over. All of the good stuff is waiting for you.”