This Dog Deserves a Medal: He Saved a Newborn Abandoned in a Thailand Garbage Dump

The little Thai Bangkaew surprised the world by bringing the baby home -- and he got a medal.

Michael Leaverton  |  Jun 7th 2013

On Monday, a little Thai Bangkaew dog named Pui found a newborn baby in a plastic bag at the roadside garbage dump in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The dog did not ignore the baby and continue his foraging — or whatever he was doing at the local dump. Pui is known around town for his wanderings. Instead, Pui took the baby home, carrying the plastic bag in his teeth, according to the Bangkok Post.

Once home, Pui began barking. Everybody ignored him, as often happens when dogs bark. So Pui continued his barking. Finally, Sudarat Thongmak, age 12, came out to the patio to see what all the fuss was about.

All the fuss was a newborn in a plastic bag. A baby girl, still alive, with her umbilical cord still attached.

And then, as you can imagine: pandemonium at the Thongmak household.

The girl rushed to get her parents, who rushed the baby to the hospital, where she was given oxygen and treated. Doctors determined she was born prematurely, at seven months; she weighed just 4 pounds, 8 ounces. She is reported to have been stabilized and is recovering after being transferred to a larger hospital.

Poomrat Thongmak, Sudarat’s mother, is stunned by her dog’s act.

“It′s lucky that Little Pui found the baby. It was a surprise to us, since little Pui never brought anything home, only barking at strangers when he’s out and about,” she told Thailand’s Khaosod newspaper. “Must be destiny that brought us together.”

She said she wants to adopt the baby, because the child was literally delivered to her doorstep. As yet, the police have been unable to locate the baby’s mother.

As for Pui, he’s been duly feted. The district’s Red Cross chapter issued Pui a medal and a new leather collar. It also presented him with a certificate praising Pui’s “well-raised” and “courageous” manner. And the Miracle of Life Foundation in the district gave the family money to help feed their three dogs.

Good job, Pui.

Via the Bangkok Post

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