A loyal dog has waited by the spot on a Siberian road where his owner is believed to have died in a car crash a year and a half ago.
The dog, thought to be a mongrel, first appeared by the side of the road in Berkut, in south-central Russia's Tyumen Oblast region following the crash in the autumn of 2014.
He has not left the spot for any length of time since, despite temperatures through the harsh winter reaching as low as -5 degrees Celsius.
Animal lovers have attempted in vain to catch the 'Siberian Hachiko', as he has become known, after a Japanese Akita who returned to a train station where his owner left him for almost ten years after his death.
With the dog refusing to be caught, kind-hearted passers-by began feeding him, even building two kennels as shelter, the first of which was destroyed by a truck.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, animal activist Anastasia Selina said: 'We haven't been able to get anywhere near the animal, it only seems to want to get to its previous owner and as far as we know they didn't survive the car accident.
'It doesn't trust anyone else, and will not even let anybody even stroke it. We advise people not to disturb it, because we are worried it might run under a car if it gets scared.'