A disabled dog named Ping Pong has become a source of pride for his village in northeastern Thailand, after rescuing a baby who had been buried alive by his teenage mother.
On Wednesday the pup’s sniffing and digging activities attracted farmers' attention to a spot of land in Ban Nong Kham Village, Cham Phuang District, northeast of Bangkok. According to the owner, the dog digging uncovered the baby's legs, which prompted local residents to pull out the baby to safety.
The 15-year-old girl, whose name has not been identified, admitted to having buried her child and was charged with attempted murder. She feared her father's retaliation for her pregnancy. The girl's family said they would take care of the baby boy, who was declared healthy after being saved.
According to Lt. Col. Panawat Potakam of Sham Fuang Police, “The girl is now in the care of a psychologist and her parents because she is in great fear. The girl regrets what she did and said she acted on impulse without thinking it through. She was afraid that her parents would find out she had been pregnant.”
The officer said the police had been forced to charge the girl with attempted murder and would be questioned in the presence of child service workers.
Six-year-old dog, who walks with only three of his legs, was filmed capturing the attention of his community after the rescue. The dog owner Usa Nisaika, 41, said he had raised the dog since birth and confirmed he was a good dog.
"I heard a dog barking and a child crying in a cassava farm, so I went there to check," he told the local press. "The dog dug a pile of dirt and the child's legs appeared."
According to Nisaika “The dog was hit by a car, so he's disabled, but I kept him because he's loyal and very obedient, he always helped me when I went to the fields to take care of my cattle. The whole village loves Ping Pong. It’s amazing he found the baby.”