An attentive dog in northeastern Thailand is being hailed as a hero after finding and saving an infant allegedly buried in a field by his teenage mother, police said on Saturday.
The newborn was lying under a layer of dirt near a farm in the Chumpuang district but was found the same day on May 15 by a curious canine named Ping Pong.
The dog dug around the area and began barking, alerting his owner a cattle herder, who then went to the site.
“I don´t think it was long after his mother buried him before the dog found him,” the police officer told AFP.
He added that the boy was healthy, was recovering in hospital, and was so young that he had not been named yet.
The teenage mother was charged with attempted murder and abandonment of children.
Officer Panuvat said the suspect was 15 years old and had tried to dispose of the child because she was afraid her parents would get angry.
“So after she delivered the baby by herself she buried it,” he said.
Local media coverage hailed the achievement and social media users praised Ping Pong´s good deed.