A three-legged dog has accidentally led residents of a farming community to an infant that was buried and left to die by its 15-year-old mother.
The incident happened in Korat’s Tha Talat community in Thailand last Wednesday, and was reported by major local media.
Eyewitnesses said the newborn had been buried in a cassava field, but nobody was aware.
However, farmers noticed the dog sniffing around one spot, and they went ahead to dig out what was there and were surprised to dig out a living infant.
Police soon apprehended a 15-year-old girl who has since been charged with attempted murder.
She had reportedly confessed to burying her own newborn baby.
Police said the teenager told them she was afraid that her father would beat her for getting pregnant.
Her mother’s family has requested to take the baby under their care, Police told the local press.
Talking about the six-year-old dog, named Ping Pong, that sniffed out the baby, its owner, Usa Nisaika, 41, was said to have raised it from birth.
“Ping Pong was hit by a car, so he’s disabled. 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,” Nisaika said.
“He’s loved by the entire village. It’s amazing he found the baby,” he added.