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22nd Dec 2021

Stray dog looks after abandoned newborn baby like one of her own puppies

Kieran Galpin


The baby was found surrounded by stray puppies

With her umbilical cord still attached, a newborn girl was left in the night only to be taken in by a stray dog and her puppies.

This heartwarming story comes from the Chattisgarh province in India, and one local says the dog could very well have saved the baby girl’s life.


They said: “It’s possibly the warmth from puppies and their mother itself who had kept this newborn alive.

“Usually, the temperature dips at night and it’s already December.

“I must say, it’s her sheer luck.”

Pictures from the scene show the baby cuddled up to the dog’s puppies surrounded by straw. The baby was found the following day after locals heard her crying and alerted government officials.

One local named Premnath said it was a “miracle” the baby had survived the night as stray dogs can be vicious at times.

She was taken to the hospital and examined by doctors.


While a police investigation is underway to find the child’s parents, the girl has now been named Akanksha and referred to the Child Line Project.

Senior IPS officer of Chhattisgarh Police, Special DG RK Vij expressed his shock at the discovery.

Munnalal Patel, who found the newborn, said: “At 11 in the morning, we saw that there is a newborn baby girl who was crying and lying alongside puppies in our village.

“We panicked and informed the health department before the newborn was taken to the hospital for further checkup.”

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