09/26/2012 12:47 pm ET | Updated Sep 26, 2012

Pola: Newborn Abandoned In Afghanistan Is Rescued By Polish Soldiers (PHOTOS)

Polish troops in southern Afghanistan have rescued an abandoned baby girl found on the side of the road in southern Afghanistan.

The soldiers initially mistook her for a bomb.

The baby girl was wrapped in just a towel when soldiers found her last week while checking the safety of a route near the Waghez military base, Defense Ministry spokesman Janusz Walczak told the Associated Press.


In a country where hidden roadside bombs are a constant threat, the soldiers were at first suspicious of the small package.

ABC reported that no one was found within a 1-mile radius of where the baby was abandoned, and it is unclear how the newborn ended up on the side of the road.

The troops, however, felt instantly responsible for the baby's welfare. They took the newborn to the medical center on the base and soldiers were sent to buy baby formula, a bottle and a bib.

They named the newborn Pola, after Poland, and handed her over to Ghazni provincial hospital.

Pola was soon adopted by 29-year-old shopkeeper Mohammad Zahir and his wife, according to the New York Daily News.

"The doctors told me that lots of people wanted to have this child," Zahir said. "But they said they wanted to give her to someone who could serve her and not leave her in the streets.”

Pictures of the baby below: