Heroic 3-Legged Dog Rescues Newborn Baby Buried Alive by 15-Year-Old Mom in Thailand

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
May 18, 2019 Updated: May 26, 2019

In Ban Nong Kham village of tambon Tha Lad, situated in Chum Phuang District, Korat, north-eastern Thailand, there lives a 6-year-old hero dog named Ping Pong. However, Ping Pong is no ordinary canine. He was hit by a car when he was younger and ever since, he’s had just three working legs. Despite living without one leg, Ping Pong remains loyal.

“Ping Pong was hit by a car, so he’s disabled,” Ping Pong’s owner, Usa Nisaika, who has raised him since birth, said, Khaosod English reported. “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,” he added.

Recently, Ping Pong was being hailed a “hero” for helping save the life of an infant on Wednesday, May 15.

Ping Pong, like any other dog, loves using his powerful sense of smell to sniff out unusual things. And on that fateful day, Ping Pong sniffed out something buried under the ground in a farmer’s cassava field. The dog then scratched the soil, apparently trying to dig it out.

Nisaika, a 41-year-old farmer, was herding his cows when he heard his dog barking. Detecting the dog’s odd behavior, he went to investigate. Shockingly, he spotted a leg poking out from the soil. He frantically dug out the soil and found a newborn baby boy!

Fortunately, the 5.2-pound (approx. 2.4-kilogram) baby was rescued in the nick of time by Ping Pong and Nisaika. The infant was then rushed to Chum Phuang Hospital. He didn’t suffer any serious injury and was deemed healthy by doctors even though he had been buried alive.

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai said, “The baby is recovering and he is healthy,” according to MailOnline.

Police Lt. Col. Panuwat Puttakam, an interrogator from the Chum Phuang police station, said the baby boy survived because he was buried shallowly, as per the Bangkok Post.

Why was the baby left to die in the dirt? Police conducted an investigation and learned from local residents that they didn’t know of any pregnant woman in their area. However, one shopkeeper said a teenage girl had recently purchased an oddly large amount of sanitary towels.

This information led Thai police to locate the baby’s 15-year-old mother, who admitted she had buried him alive so as to conceal his birth for fear of her parents’ reaction. The teenage mom was arrested by the police on charges of attempted murder on Thursday, May 16, and would be assessed for her mental health.

Police Lt. Col. Puttakam told the Bangkok Post: “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.”

In the meantime, the teen’s parents have offered to care for the baby boy when he’s discharged from the hospital. “The parent of the mother have offered to take care of the baby when he leaves hospital but that has not been agreed yet. A team of police and government welfare workers need to consider the safety of the children,” Governor Wichian said.

He continued: “Police officers are preparing to prosecute the mother but she is also a child and we must consider her mind and be professional. It is important that she is nurtured and treated fairly.”

After this heartbreaking story made headlines, three-legged Ping Pong was being called the hero of Korat’s Tha Talat community for helping save the newborn. “Everybody in the village is amazed by what he has done now. He is a hero because he saved the life of the baby,” Nisaika said.

Ping Pong is surely a heroic dog. If it wasn’t for his alertness, the infant would not have survived.

Dogs help us sniff out bombs and drugs, and in this case, an abandoned baby! It’s simply amazing how canines’ incredible sense of smell can help save human lives.

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