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Newborn baby found in dog's litter

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Newborn baby found in dog's litter
Last Updated Mon, 09 May 2005 20:16:51 EDT
CBC News
NAIROBI, KENYA - A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was found nestled with a litter of puppies after being rescued by a stray dog, witnesses said Monday.

The dog carried the baby, clad in a tattered shirt and wrapped in a plastic bag, across a busy road and through a barbed-wire fence to the shed housing her brood.

"When the dog picked up the baby in a dirty bag, it came and dropped her behind the wooden building where the dog has its puppies," Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed located near the Ngong Forest in Nairobi, told the Associated Press Monday.

The baby was found after two children reported hearing an infant's cries near the shack.

"I followed them outside and we started looking around the compound and a nearby plot," said Mary Adhiambo, the children's mother.

They eventually found the tan mixed-breed dog lying protectively with a puppy beside the baby wrapped in a torn black shirt, Adhiambo said.

The baby was taken to a nearby police station and then to hospital.

Hannah Gakuo, spokeswoman for the Kenyatta National Hospital, said the seven-pound four-ounce infant is doing well and responding to treatment.

"She is stable ... she is on antibiotics," she said.

The girl has been named Angel by hospital staff.

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