What would you do if you see a baby all alone in a park? Well, this husky named Hel left people stunned. Especially his owner, Semi-retired royal engineer Terry Walsh (64), after the dog found a newborn baby boy abandoned in a park in Birmingham.
The now dubbed hero dog miraculously uncovered the hours-old infant who was left wrapped in a blanket at The Mound in Kings Norton at 5.30pm on April 22. The baby was dressed in an orange and white stripy 'Dino Dude' tee-shirt and grey trousers. He was wrapped in a grey and white zig-zag pattern blanket.
Since then, Walsh explained that he believes his dog Hel was "sent from heaven" to rescue the baby boy. Without the help of Hel, Walsh said that he might not have looked closer and walked by the baby as he thought it was a discarded blanket. Fortunately, in this case, he heard the baby crying after Hel ran over to the pile of blankets. When Hel reached the baby, she laid beside the rolled-up shawl and began "gently nudging" the baby with his nose, just like a mother would do.
"Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel's gentle nudging and the heat from my Husky's body that woke the baby up."
Britain citizens have praised Hel for her actions and kindness. Some have suggested that Hel should be rewarded with a medal for her role in saving the abandoned baby boy. "A bigger dog, or another dog with a different temperament, might well have just ripped and tugged at the blanket and the baby could have been treated like a rag doll. And, then you've also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there. How would they treat a baby?"
It is reported that the infant was not older than a couple of hours when he was found. After he was discovered, the baby boy was immediately rushed to the hospital for a checkup.
The police are busy investigating the matter and are now trying to find the mother as they are "extremely concerned" about her.
It was reported that the baby boy is doing "really well".
"I thank the Lord that the baby was alive, that could've been a lot worse. The baby could've been dead. I said to my neighbours, Heaven sent Hel to rescue newborn baby boy!" Explained Hel.
Walsh and his hero dog have since been praised online by locals, as one local Karen Lightfoot said: "Well done, thankfully your dog found the baby - what a star. At that time of night it starts to get cold."
Stuart Thom explained that Hel should be formally recognised, adding that "This dog needs a medal."
"It seems heroes have tails, not capes," another added.
"Absolutely amazing dog.... finding baby and alerting his owner... dogs are so intelligent and caring. Well done to both dog and owner, you are both to be commended. Do hope baby and mother can be reunited," said Jean Aldrich.
West Midlands Police are continuing their search for the baby's mother. However, they are unable to reveal the ethnicity of the baby.
The police do have a lead on the suspected mother. They are looking for a white woman in her early 20s, who was seen by several witnesses around the area at the time.
Detective Superintendent, Annie Miller, confirmed that the baby was full-term and most likely born the day he was found. She confirmed that the police's priority is to find the mother as she might need medical treatment after giving birth.