An abandoned newborn baby was reportedly saved by a female dog and her puppies after they kept her warm in a field overnight.
Locals in the Chattisgarh province of India claim that someone had left the baby there during the night, naked and with her umbilical cord still attached.
They add that the baby was found by a dog, which cuddled up with the baby all night, along with its puppies.
Speaking about the incident, one anonymous local said: "It's possibly the warmth from puppies and their mother itself who had kept this newborn alive.
"Usually, the temperature dips at night and it's already December. I must say, it's her sheer luck.
Found nestled alongside a litter of puppies, the newborn was completely uninjured and discovered after locals heard her crying, it is claimed.
Locals informed the panchayat, a local government body, who in turn contacted the police, who arrived soon after.
The baby was referred to the Child Line Project after being examined by doctors in a local hospital and has since been named Akanksha.
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One local, Premnath, said it was a “miracle” the baby had survived the night, as stray dogs can be vicious.
He said: "They are not parents, they are criminals. It is a miracle only to find newborn baby surviving when stray dogs are lurking every now and then at the dead of the night".
An investigation is now underway, with officers searching for the girl’s parents.
Following the incident, a local representative Munnalal Patel revealed he had found the newborn after heading out for daily chores.
He said: “At 11 in the morning, we saw that there is a newborn baby girl who was crying and lying alongside puppies in our village.
"We panicked and informed the health department before the newborn was taken to the hospital for further check-up".
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