A dog in Thailand is being honored for rescuing a newborn who had been wrapped in a plastic bag and thrown into a garbage dump.
Pui, a male Thai Bangkaew who regularly wanders around his community, found a white plastic bag at a roadside dump in the Tha Rua district and took it home to his master, Gumnerd Thongmak, according to the Bangkok Post. Thongmak's niece heard the pup barking outside the house and went onto the patio to find the dog with a plastic bag. Inside was a newborn baby girl.
The dog's owner rushed the baby to the hospital, where doctors determined she had been born prematurely -- at around seven months -- and weighed just 4 pounds 8 ounces. On June 3, Pui received a leather collar and a medal from the Tha Rua district Red Cross Chapter for saving the girl's life. Pui's owner got a $300 reward, per 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," Pui's other owner, Poomrat Thongmak, told Thailand's Khaosod newspaper. "Must be destiny that brought us together."
Police Lieutenant General Jitkasaem Sonkom told Khaosod that investigators are currently working on finding the baby's biological mother, who they think is a teenage girl who works at a nearby factory. Thongmak said she wants to adopt the child.
This is not the only amazing canine rescue story to make headlines recently.
Snickers, an adopted dog from Canada, was honored in May for saving his owner's life after the man collapsed. Neighbors heard the animal's frantic barking and pacing and checked inside the home to find Gregory Gould, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, on the floor. Another dog was credited earlier this year with helping save a 3-year-old girl in Poland after she wandered from her home and spent the night out in freezing temperatures in March.