The star of this story is this dog, Pui, a male Thai Bangkaew. The Bangkaew is a spitz-like breed, rare in most other countries, but fairly common in Thailand. Pui is the pet of Gumnerd Thongmak and his family.
After his recent heroics, he is now the sweetheart of the Tha Rua district (Bangkok vicinity) in Thailand. He gained his many thankful followers after what appeared to be a regular visit to the garbage dump one day.
No one is quite sure why Pui dug into a pile of garbage and pulled out a white plastic bag. No one heard any sounds or saw anything suspicious. But, Pui apparently did.
He gently pulled the plastic bag from the tall pile of debris and carefully walked back home with it. His family was used to him being gone most of the day, so when he began barking in their yard they came immediately out to investigate.
At first, they scolded Pui because he had dragged home garbage. It was only moments later that Pui became a hero to them, however.
The bag began to move. Thongmak’s niece hesitantly opened the top of the bag and peered inside. What she saw was not even in the top thousand of things she likely expected.
It was a newborn baby girl!
They rushed the baby to the hospital. Doctors told them she had been born prematurely — at around seven months — and weighed just 4 pounds 8 ounces. She was very newly born. Her umbilical cord was even still attached.
She was in pretty rough condition but thrived under the gentle and professional care. She will certainly have quite a story to tell as she grows up. Most babies are delivered by storks…she was delivered by a very smart dog!
Although it was a human that actually got the baby to the hospital, everyone realizes that without Pui’s intervention, no one would have likely ever known the baby existed. Except for her mother.
Pui received a leather collar and a medal from the Tha Rua district Red Cross Chapter for saving the girl’s life. He seems to enjoy living a hero’s life. Pui’s owner got a $300 reward, reported the Bangkok Post.
“It′s lucky that Little Pui found the baby. It was a surprise to us, since Little Pui never brought anything home, only barking at strangers when he’s out and about,” Poomrat Thongmak, told Thailand’s Khaosod newspaper. “Must be destiny that brought us together.”
There were no immediate leads as to who might be the mother of the child. But, Police Lieutenant General Jitkasaem Sonkom told Khaosod that investigators believe it is a teenage girl who works at a nearby factory.
The baby girl is doing well. Thongmak said she wants to adopt the child. She knows that she has built in help caring for the child. After all, Pui already saved her life once!