Orejón the dog lives with his owner, Enzo Giménez, and regularly roams his neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On June 6, 2017, this hero of a dog made a discovery that saved a human life in a surprising way. What he found while scouring the Vicente López neighborhood streets had consequences no one could anticipate.
“He was smelling and barking at a bag … there was something strange.”
That day, a neighbor, Santos Palomo, had been watching Orejón and left briefly to run an errand for a friend.
“When I returned, I saw Orejón was a little disturbed,” Palomo later told Clarín Society. “He was smelling and barking at a bag. I approached and saw that there was something strange.”
Inside was a 1-month-old baby.
Orejón came across a bag that captured his attention; a plastic bag that had been discarded and left, and whose contents contained a miracle.
The dog is well-known in the neighborhood and a neighbor watched as Orejón adamantly fixated and sniffed at the bag. Little did anyone know at the time that inside was a 1-month-old baby.
Palomo reached out to touch the baby’s forehead and mouth, as neighbors started to pour outside to see what the commotion was about.
…the baby could have died from exposure had Orejón not come to the rescue.
Once the neighbor realized what had happened, they called the police and the baby was immediately brought to a local hospital. Doctors estimated that the baby boy was approximately 28-days-old, and was anemic, malnourished, and suffering from hypothermia.
It was a cold night that evening in Vicente López, and local authorities later stated that the baby could have died from exposure had Orejón not come to the rescue.
According to the medical professionals who have been caring for Mateo, as the baby was baptized, he is now in perfect health. Whoever left the baby in the bag has yet to be discovered, and local authorities are intently pursuing them in order to find out who Mateo’s parents are and why they would do such a thing.
Palomo stayed with the baby in the hospital until they stopped allowing visitors, and made plans to continue visiting Mateo.
Giménez only learned the next morning what Orejón had done. He said he never imagined something like this could happen, but knew fully well Orejón was capable of such heroic acts.
This was not the first lifesaving action he has performed.
Orejón is a hero in every sense of the word. In fact, this was not the first lifesaving action he has performed. When his owner’s neighbors house caught fire just two months earlier, he alerted them and, by doing so, saved their life.