A stray dog saved an abandoned baby from certain death in freezing
temperatures in Romania.
The hound stood guarding the child and barking and howling in a
public park until it alerted passers-by to investigate.
They heard the child's cries and found the baby girl hidden in
a plastic bag under a picnic table. The baby is recovering in hospital
- and the maternity unit has adopted the stray dog.
Doctors say the newborn would most likely have died from hypothermia
very quickly unless the stray dog hadn't discovered her.
The umbilical cord was still attached. She was taken to a hospital
from Oradea in Arad county.
Dr Gheorghe Tirla said: "It is a normal baby-girl of three
kilos. She was lucky with that dog or she could have frozen to death.
"She hadn't even had the umbilical cord severed but everything
turned out fine and she is now recovering."
The baby is going to be placed in an orphanage, reports the National
Police are trying to find the mother of the baby.
Posted 10th January 2002