A the dog it reunited with its owner nearly three months after getting lost during a sled race in Alaska.
Leon, a three-year-old male husky, disappeared from a checkpoint at the famous 938-mile Iditarod race on March 13th.
Now he is finally back in the custody of his owner Sebastien Dos Santos Borges after he was tracked down by race organizers who led the search operation.
Locals from the Alaskan village of McGrath contacted members of the race after Leon was spotted at the home of one of the community members.
A resident of the manor and another quarry of dogs, who lives in McGrath, left food for Leon to restrain him.
A member of the local community was able to catch the huskies early Saturday morning (June 4), and Leon reunited with Sebastian, who arrived in Anchorage later that day.
A Facebook post by Iditarod said it was “impossible to express enough gratitude” for “help, prayers, thoughts and good wishes for Leon.”
It adds: “From volunteers to search engine organizers and individual donors, community members along the way and McGrath’s heroes who helped find Leon.
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“Alaska is an incredibly special place, as is the spirit of community that is part of what makes ‘The Last Great Race’ so special. Thank you, Nation Iditarod, and welcome home, Leon!”
Leon escaped from the return area of the dogs at the Ruby checkpoint 150 miles during the race.
Sebastian, who will return home to France with Leon, was forced to continue the race with 11 dogs.
Due to strong winds and treacherous weather conditions he withdrew from the race, receiving help from a snowplow.