The police are now on the lookout for the mother and have appealed that she come forward
A dog is being hailed a hero after he helped rescue a newborn baby abandoned in a park. Hel, a white husky, was on a walk in a park with his human Terry Walsh last week when the good boy chanced upon a pile of blankets beneath a bush in Birmingham, UK. "Suddenly I heard this baby cry," Walsh, 64, told Birmingham Live. "I think it was Hel's gentle nudging and the heat from my husky's body that woke the baby up." Walsh picked up the baby boy to find him neatly wrapped in a blanket, and quickly got the police involved. Soon, he was transported to a hospital. In a press release by the police, they said the boy is doing fine, courtesy of Hel, and added that he has been named George as he was found the day before St. George's Day.
Hero Dog Saves Abandoned Baby Crying in Park — and Police Are Searching for the Newborn's Mom https://t.co/BzqBO2H16h— People (@people) April 29, 2021
"I thank the Lord that the baby was alive, that could've been a lot worse," Walsh continued. "The baby could've been dead. I said to my neighbors, heaven sent Hel to rescue [a] newborn baby boy!" The identity of the mother is unknown but police say tracking her down is their top priority, and have even released photos of the baby hoping to find her. In a statement, Detective Inspective Neil Hunt, "I am reaching out to George's mother. You are my primary concern right now, and we really need to make sure you're okay. I don't know the circumstances around George's birth but, as a parent myself, I know exactly how overwhelming becoming a parent can be. We're ready to offer you any help and support you may need. George is safe and well, and your health and wellbeing is our priority - please be assured that you are not in any trouble."
Police also sifted through CCTV footage for the whole day and found a woman walking around the scene just over half an hour before the baby was found. They have asked the public for assistance in identifying the woman, who is said to be a white woman in her 20s. Meanwhile, Walsh is happy Hel isn't known to be aggressive, or else the baby could have been in dire straits. "A bigger dog or another dog with a different temperament might well have just ripped and tugged at the blanket and the baby could have been treated like a rag doll and then you've also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there," he shared. "How would they treat a baby?"
Pets are usually great at rescuing people in general thanks to their heightened awareness of things around them. Similarly, a pet cat fought off a deadly snake and died later while protecting two children. The incident occurred in Queensland, Australia. Two children were playing in the back garden with the cat and an eastern brown snake slithered dangerously close to them. Seeing the kids in danger, Arthur the cat jumped to action and took the snake down in a prolonged battle. However, in the process, the tabby was bitten, reports the Daily Mail.
When the family found him the next day, he had collapsed again and was unable to get up. They soon rushed him to Tanawha Hospital on the Sunshine Coast but it was too late for medical help as the venom had made its way into his organs and killed him. The owners are devastated by the loss of their hero feline who saved the lives of two children. Animal Emergency Service Queensland took to Facebook to express the grief the owners felt: "It was with the heaviest of hearts his owners had to leave Arthur after he gained his angel wings. His family ... remember him fondly and are forever grateful he saved the children’s lives. Arthur was always getting into mischief; he had previously visited us before having been in accidents and was very much loved by our team."