Mixed feelings!

The dog does a wonderful act of discovery!

There was an item on BBC News recently that shows the devotion of dogs towards humans. Yet the story also shows how cruel a young mother can be towards her own baby.

Here it is:

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Dog rescues baby buried alive in field in Thailand

17 May 2019
KHAOSOD -The dog helped raise the alarm after discovering the baby.

A dog in northern Thailand has rescued a newborn baby after it was buried alive, allegedly by its teenage mother.

The baby boy is said to have been abandoned by his mother, 15, to hide her pregnancy from her parents.

Ping Pong the dog was barking and digging in a field in Ban Nong Kham village. Its owner says he then noticed a baby’s leg sticking out of the earth.

Locals rushed the baby to hospital where doctors cleaned him up and declared he was healthy.

Ping Pong’s owner, Usa Nisaikha, says it lost the use of one of its legs after being hit by a car.

He told Khaosod Newspaper: “I kept him because he’s so loyal and obedient, and always helps me out when I go to the fields to tend to my cattle. He’s loved by the entire village. It’s amazing.

KHAOSOD – Ping Pong is disabled since being hit by a car.

The newborn’s mother has been charged with child abandonment and attempted murder.

Panuwat Puttakam, an officer at Chum Phuang police station, told the Bangkok Post she was now in the care of her parents and a psychologist.

He said that she regrets her actions.

The girl’s parents have decided to raise the baby.

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There’s no pardoning a woman who buries alive her baby. I don’t care what age she was; the mother that is. If she is old enough to become pregnant she is old enough to know better.

In stark contrast is Ping Pong, the dog, who despite having only three legs worked furiously to unearth the baby and did so without harming the infant.

 

12 thoughts on “Mixed feelings!

  1. I agree with you, Paul. Ping Pong is a hero. As for the young mother, there are precautions. She chose not to take advantage of them so no excuses for her.

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      1. It’s hard to determine from the story if the mother knew if the baby was alive following the birth and quickly tried to conceal the existence. Far be it for me to judge without all the information.

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  2. My first thought was ‘what led the girl to make such a shocking decision?’. I don’t think any of us can imagine what it must have been like for her, to live in fear, hiding her pregnancy from her parents and to give birth, presumably alone somewhere and without help – she’s only 15 – can you imagine her terror and fear? This is a rural, poor part of Thailand, who knows what her level of education is (let alone sex education), and what the consequences would have been had she declared the pregnancy to her parents – given her extreme actions to avoid them we can only guess. The dog is undoubtedly the hero; the girl both victim and villain; the baby’s father, of course, absolved through absence.

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