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:( I'm glad that Dog was there. [Jun. 15th, 2005|07:00 pm]
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NAIROBI, Kenya (May 9) - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said.
One Lucky Baby

The stray dog found the infant, clad in tattered clothing, in a poor neighborhood near the Ngong Forests in the capital of Nairobi, Stephen Thoya told the independent Daily Nation newspaper.

The dog apparently found the baby Friday in the plastic bag in which the infant had been abandoned, said Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the animal was guarding its puppies. The seven-pound, four-ounce infant was taken to the hospital for treatment on Saturday.

''She is doing well, responding to treatment, she is stable. ... She is on antibiotics,'' Kenyatta National Hospital spokeswoman Hanna Gakuo told The Associated Press from the hospital, where health workers called the infant Angel.
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Kenya's media often report the abandonment of newborns by mothers. Poverty and the inability to care for the child are seen as the root cause of the problem. Most people who abandon babies are never caught.

The child had not yet been claimed.

''Abandoned babies are normally taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital because it is a public hospital,'' Gakuo said. ''People are now donating diapers and baby clothes for this one.''

[User Picture]From: haruchine
2005-06-15 05:19 pm (UTC)
Hmm this story almost sounds like the story of Romulus and Remis the founders of Rome. They were abandoned by their parents and found by a wolf. Well in this case it was a dog, but who knows, that baby may be destined to do great things.
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From: m_buggie
2005-06-15 07:11 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I was thinking about Mowgli from "The Jungle Book," but that's a better reference.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-15 10:47 pm (UTC)
Second is the best!

Third is the one who forgot to get dressed...
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From: thisand_that
2005-06-15 05:49 pm (UTC)

i read that in the paper.
the update is that theyre getting the dog nutered to improve its quality of life...yeah...sucks to be the dog. =P
woot for babys that live...
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From: nyguen9
2005-06-15 05:55 pm (UTC)
It's sad that this will probly give the girl a better life. Being abandoned, then having caring people drawn to the story.

Dogs. Whoop!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-15 11:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's sad. I think it's good. She's very lucky to have such a hardworking guardian angel, even if he has four legs. :)
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From: m_buggie
2005-06-15 07:12 pm (UTC)
Lucky baby. Hooray for the dog.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-15 11:51 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Dogs are pretty cool. ;)
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[User Picture]From: synthiacat
2005-06-15 07:29 pm (UTC)
Animals are my heros. They care so much and so selflessly. We should all learn a lesson from this busy mother who adopted this strange, hairless dog, even when she had her own babies to look after.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-15 11:54 pm (UTC)
Agreed, man.
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2005-06-15 07:33 pm (UTC)
wow, cool dog. what about all the other babies? do they get a share of the diapers and clothes?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-15 11:58 pm (UTC)
I don't know... I hope so!
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From: greensmock
2005-06-15 08:46 pm (UTC)
It is amazing how long some kids can survive without adults, especially if they have somebody nice, like Dog, looking out for them... it is really interesting stuff.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-16 12:35 am (UTC)
It is. Thank goodness for Dogs. :)
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[User Picture]From: my2_front_teeth
2005-06-17 06:30 am (UTC)

Why antibiotics?

Am I missing something? Healthy weight newborn, nothing mentioned to indicate any kind of illness. . . is Africa lacking for treatment-resistant bacteria, or are they trying to create new ones?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-17 09:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Why antibiotics?

Well I imagine after being abandoned she'd be susceptible to a number of different things.. she could be jaundice. She didn't receive any of the things like eyedrops that babies need as soon as their born, etc.
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[User Picture]From: et_blackbird
2005-06-17 02:02 pm (UTC)
I'm stunned. The abandonment... to my shame, I didn't know that this was going on. Thanks for posting this. I intend to learn more.

The protective instincts of dogs are well known, but they've oft over-ridden when the dogs are in areas where they themselves are not looked after.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-17 10:36 pm (UTC)
When the dogs themselves are not looked after they can even turn thye otherway so I'm very grateful this one had such a wonderful nature in it. And I'm sure the baby is too, who would have surely died without it.

-- And yes. Abandonment is happening all over the world. It's terribly sad. :(
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