Facts Check: Was a Newborn Baby Saved By Stray Dog
Brief Outline: A Viral message on social media claims “A stray dog saved a newborn girl abandoned in a forest. The dog had lived in the street.”
Facts Check: True
What is Viral?
A stray dog saved a newborn girl abandoned in a forest. The dog had lived in the street. He found the baby who cared for days until help arrived. The dog saved two lives the baby's and his, both were adopted by the same person.Sometimes help comes from the least expected places
A stray dog saved a newborn girl abandoned in a forest. The dog had lived in the street. He found the baby who cared for days until help arrived. The dog saved two lives the baby's and his, both were adopted by the same person.Sometimes help comes from the least expected places pic.twitter.com/I4XXt4SiWg— Ale Zapata (@AleZ2016) July 18, 2018
Facts Check Analysis: Yes the message circulating on the social media is true, as reported by nbcnews in the year 2005. The text message is based on a reportedly true incident that occurred in Kenya back in 2005.
As per the website, A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said.
The stray dog found the infant, clad in tattered clothing, in a poor neighborhood near the Ngong Forests in the capital of Nairobi, Stephen Thoya told the independent Daily Nation newspaper.
The dog apparently found the baby Friday in the plastic bag in which the infant had been abandoned, said Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the animal was guarding its puppies. The seven-pound, four-ounce infant was taken to the hospital for treatment on Saturday
The incident was also reported by BBC, titled “Kenyan baby girl 'rescued by dog' ”. BBC reported ” An abandoned baby girl found among a dog's litter of puppies is now doing well in hospital in Kenya's capital.”
The dog's owner told The Daily Nation newspaper that two of her children came to her saying they could hear a baby crying but couldn't find it. "I followed them outside and looked around our compound and a nearby plot," said Mary Adhiambo. "I saw my dog, which I have had for five years, lying protectively with her puppy besides the soiled baby lying in a torn black cloth. I held the baby in my arms and carried it into the house."
So the incident is true, indeed the Dog saved the child, may be the text or expression of writing or telling by different people may be different.