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May 10, 2005

Stray dog rescues abandoned baby

From CNN:

A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was saved by a stray dog who apparently carried her across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to a shed where the infant was discovered nestled with a litter of puppies, witnesses said Monday.

The baby girl, named "Angel" by hospital workers, was clad in a tattered shirt and wrapped in a plastic bag when the dog found her Friday, according to Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the baby was discovered in a poor neighborhood near the Ngong Forest in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Our cat has had three litters (Oh, shut up. We had her fixed eventually) anyway, when she was just about to have her second litter, one from the first litter, that we'd kept, was full grown. Gracie, the mother, got confused, and kept trying to drag Rocky (the adult from the previous litter) to the place she'd picked out to have her litter. She'd grab him by the neck and have him halfway across the living room before we'd see and set him loose. It's interesting the way animals think, especially when their mothering instincts combine with other criteria, like their desire to protect humans.

Someone on Free Republic commented, “So what's the lesson here? Stray African dogs care more about human babies than American liberals?”

Coverage: Professor Bainbridge, Joe Gandelman, Matthew Yglesias, Jim Henley

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 10, 2005 11:13 AM

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