A hero dog saved a newborn baby after leading his owner to the boy who had been buried alive in the dirt by his teenage mother.
The pooch called Ping Pong was seen scratching at earth alongside a farmer’s field in Korat, north eastern Thailand, on Wednesday morning.
Ping Pong’s owner Usa Nisaika, 41, went over to look and noticed the infant’s tiny leg poking up from the earth.
He frantically dug up the 5.2lbs baby and rushed him to hospital where he was found not to have suffered any serious injury.
Nisaika says everyone in the village is amazed by Ping Pong’s actions and says “he is a hero because he saved the life of the baby.”
“I have had Ping Pong since he was born and he has always been very loyal and obedient,” Nisaika told the Mirror. “When he was younger a car hit him and his back leg was injured. He cannot use it but he still helps me when I’m herding cows.”
A day after the heroic rescue, police arrested the teenage mother for attempted murder.
She purportedly told police she was trying to hide the birth because she was afraid her parents would be angry at her.
Her parents have offered to take the baby boy but authorities have not agreed to it yet, The Daily Mail reported.
“A team of police and government welfare workers needs to consider the safety of the children,” Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Wichian Chantharanothai said.
The governor added that the mother’s mental health would be evaluated.
“Police officers are preparing to prosecute the mother but she is also a child and we must consider her mind and be professional,” Chantharanothai said. “It is important that she is nurtured and treated fairly.”