Hero Jack Russell pulls owner into bushes to find baby ‘abandoned by mother’
A hero Jack Russell terrier saved a newborn girl after the infant was left abandoned in bushes.
Macho pulled at his lead and brought his reluctant owner deep into the undergrowth at a park in St Petersburg, Russia.
The child, too weak to cry and suffering from hypothermia, was wrapped only in a T-shirt.
The child was minutes from death when the dog found her whimpering nearby.
“I felt my heart pounding when I saw the baby,” said the owner, a pensioner.
“She was waving her little legs and arms in the air, but she was silent.
“As doctors told me later, she must have been crying for hours.”
The man picked up the baby and rushed towards a police patrol he had seen earlier in the park.
The baby – weighing just 5lbs – was rushed to hospital just in time to save her, said doctors.
She was suffering from severe hypothermia and a lack of oxygen.
“It is very unlikely she would have been noticed if not for Macho,” said a spokesman for the Russian National Guard.
“This smart dog pulled his owner – against his will – towards a deserted area of the park.
“Deep in the bushes the man saw a little something wrapped in a T-shirt.
“This was the baby girl, who by then was too weak to cry.”
Five days later, medical staff say the child is “extremely robust” and they are now confident she will survive.
“She is a fighter,” said a nurse.
Police have begun a search for the child's mother who is suspected of leaving her daughter in the secluded spot.
“Our hearts ache for the baby and for her mother,” said a nurse at Hospital Number 17.
“Whatever forced the mother to abandon her baby minutes after birth has to be changed.
“We can’t have situations like this.”
The dog is likely to be awarded for saving the baby.
But his proud owner – who has not been named – is still reeling from Macho’s discovery.
“The whole story made me feel very upset,” he said of his shock at finding a baby dumped in the bushes.
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