La China, Argentine dog that saved an abandoned baby We all love hero stories and good news, and here when you hear about a hero, it’s most likely going to be of the canine variety. I’ve written about dogs saving kittens, playing surrogate mother to other animals, saving their owners from burning houses, working as therapy and service dogs. They’re amazing animals, intelligent and intuitive, loving and giving. And although we laud their heroic deeds, to them, they are just doing what they are meant to do or trained to do.

Well, one dog in Argentina in truly a hero and all she did was follow her mothering instincts. La China, a 8 year old mix breed dog, a mother dog caring for her puppies, found a baby that needed a mother.

Now this baby was not another puppy or animal, it was a newborn human baby, only hours old. It’s 14 year old mother had the baby prematurely and panicked, she left the baby in a field surrounded by boxes and trash.

La China found the little 8 lb 13 oz. boy and somehow she managed to carry the baby over 50 yards, back to her home in the field and snuggled him in with her 6 own puppies.

The dog’s owner heard the baby crying in the field behind his house and investigated, finding the baby covered with a rag being kept warm with La China and the puppies. It was only 37 degrees and if the dog had not found the baby, it most likely would not have survived.

When authorities were called, they found the baby suffering from only slight injuries but no bites at all.

“She took it like a puppy and rescued it,” Daniel Salcedo, chief of police of the Province of Buenos Aires said. “The doctors told us if she hadn’t done this, he would have died.”

“The dog is a hero to us.”

The frightened mother eventually came forward and was given psychological treatment and hospitalized. She has said little about the incident. The baby has been transferred to a children’s hospital in La Plata and authorities will decide its future.

As for La China, she’s not to fond of her new found fame, worrying about her puppies and her owner says she’s not eating too well. Hopefully she’ll get a break and some solitude so she can take care of her own babies. After all, what she did was no big deal to her, she was just caring and protecting as dogs do.

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