When Ann Rodgers and her two pets, a dog named Queenie and a cat named Nike, left her Tucson, Arizona home to go visit her grandchildren in Phoenix, Arizona, she didn’t expect to encounter any issues, especially not one as big as this: having to survive in the wilderness for nine days.
While on a remote stretch of road, Ann’s hybrid car not only ran out of gas but also depleted its charge. Without a cellphone signal, Ann climbed several ridge lines to attempt to make a call for help, but was unable to do so.
Ann was forced to leave the car, and her cat, Nike, behind in search for food and water. She took Queenie with her, and together they survived for nine days by eating plants and drinking pond water.
Rodgers spelled out “HELP” in Elk bones, sticks, and stones and put a hand-written note under one of the stones to indicate she had gone further down the mountain. Eventually, a search-and-rescue team , who had already found the car and Nike the cat inside, spotted the bones, which led them to Queenie, who led them to Rodgers.
Ann was taken to a hospital and treated for exposure, but she and her two pets are now safe, healthy and enjoying being back at home. Ann shared:
“[I am] enjoying every moment. Loving the food I’m eating for darn sure and saying thank you.”
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