A 14 year old girl in rural Argentina gave birth to a baby boy and abandoned the child in a field outside the town of La Plata (not far from Buenos Aires). The following day a neighbor heard the baby crying and went to investigate. It was then that the man saw that the baby was being protected by La China, his dog who had recently given birth to a litter of puppies. La China had apparently carried the infant about 50 meters from where he had been abandoned to where her puppies were huddled. In the 37 degree weather, the boy would have died without the dog’s intervention. Amazingly, aside from a few minor scratches, the boy was perfectly fine.
La China’s guardian says the dog is a hero, and is a bit overwhelmed by her new found fame. You can watch a video here and see how scared she looks–poor thing! Hopefully the excitement will die down a bit and she’ll be able to raise her puppies in peace.
Stories like this make me wonder why humans can’t be more like dogs, honestly. La China didn’t care that this baby wasn’t her own species, she just knew that he was helpless, and she took him in – at least that’s what I think! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be so compassionate?