“There … that’s where he was buried,” recalled Yang Jiali in a video by Chinese-based news media company, PearVideo. The lady was pointing to the area where her dog made a spine-chilling discovery in early May.
Jilali, a native of a small town called Wutan in Chongqing, China, said her pup had run off in a wooded area and was missing for some time before she discovered the animal standing among some bushes. Her dog obviously caught an appealing scent when it started to frantically dig a big hole in the ground.
She said she heard “crying underground” as her canine quickly dug to unearth the object. To Jilali’s surprise, it was an infant wrapped in a white cloth and covered in soil.
The young child was rushed to a small medical clinic and was determined to be a one-month-old baby boy suffering from some sort of illness. Assistant doctor, An Yue, said he appeared to be in very bad condition.
“The baby looked pale. His breathing and heart rate were slow,” she said. “He had low body temperature, and his whole mouth was full of mud.”
The baby was relocated to Jiangjin Central Hospital where he received pediatric care. Li Feng, the director of pediatrician, reported that the little guy was making some minor improvements, but his condition was still being closely monitored.
‘While his life is not out of danger, his body index is recovering and stable,” said Feng. The baby is doing slightly better than before, but he still “needed time to regain health.”
No one came to claim the abandoned child, so local police were notified about the incident. Doctors predicted that the baby was just one of many Chinese infants mistakenly buried alive during a private funeral ceremony.
There’s a possibility that the parents may have assumed the child died from a sickness and decided to lay him to rest. Authorities are hoping that’s the case, but if not, then the baby may have been cast off for other reasons.
There have been several instances in China where babies were abandoned by parents who felt inadequate according. According to the Telegraph, “parents from poverty-stricken areas often act in desperation if they believe they do not have the financial means to care for their offspring.”
Other times, it may be a case of rejection by families who don’t want to raise a child with a birth defect. Nevertheless, the police plan to contact the family and find out the real truth behind the infant’s burial.
On a more positive note, it’s a good thing dogs have such a strong sense of smell. If it wasn’t for Jilali’s wandering pup, this precious baby boy would have never been found and brought to safety. The world is truly blessed by a dog’s purpose!