A disabled dog rescued a baby boy who had been buried alive by his teenage mother in north-east Thailand on Wednesday, the Guardian reported.
The canine - named Ping Pong - attracted the attention of farmers as he was sniffing and digging in a patch of land exposing the infant's legs in Ban Nong Kham village, in Cham Phuang district, north east of Bangkok. This prompted locals to haul the child out of the ground, said the dog's owner.
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The 15-year-old mother was charged with attempted murder after she confessed to burying her baby. She also admitted that she buried her child fearing retribution from her own father for getting pregnant.
Lieutenant colonel Panuwat Puttakam, of the district police, said: “The girl is now in the care of a psychologist and her parents because she is in great fear. She regrets what she did and said she acted on impulse without thinking it through. She feared her parents would find out she had been pregnant.”
However, the charge on the teenager will not be dropped and she will be questioned in the presence of child service workers, the officer said.
Ping Pong - the six-year-old canine - only has use of three of his legs. Following the rescue, the dog was filmed lapping up the attention of his community. Usa Nisaika - the 41-year-old owner - has been raising the dog from birth and has confirmed that he was a very good boy.
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“I heard a dog barking and a baby crying in a cassava plantation, so I went there to check,” he told local media. “The dog was digging up a dirt pile and the baby’s legs emerged.”
He added: “Ping Pong was hit by a car, so he’s disabled. But I kept him because he’s so loyal and obedient, and always helps me out when I go into the fields to tend to my cattle. He’s loved by the entire village. It’s amazing he found the baby.”
The mother’s family agreed to look after the child, who was declared healthy after his rescue.