Hero Husky found abandoned newborn baby in park and ‘gently’ nudged it to cry

A giant husky alerted her owner to an abandoned baby which police say was just hours old.

Terry Walsh, 64, was walking in a Birmingham park when he heard a baby's cry, thanks to his dog gently waking it up.

The semi-retired royal engineer admitted to being stunned by husky Hel's life-saving discovery of a newborn, left alone in a blanket on April 22.

Hel got the baby to make a noise by 'gently nudging' it with his nose to get Terry's attention.

Terry told BirminghamLive how he would have otherwise walked on by what he thought was a discarded blanket.

He said: "To my left, there was a rolled-up blanket just under the bushes. I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn't go over the glass, and she went off to the blanket, lying next to it and started nudging it with her nose very gently.

"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.

"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 ragdoll and then you've also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there.

"How would they treat a baby?"

He continued: "I was a bit stunned so I quickly went over and lifted part of the blanket away from the baby's face and it was newborn, as I know now. I knew it was very young."

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Police said the baby was full-term, likely to have been born the same day and abandoned hours later.

He had been dressed in an orange and white stripy 'Dino Dude' tee-shirt, grey trousers and was wrapped in a grey and white zig-zag pattern blanket.

Mr Walsh from Kings Norton, continued: "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!"

Police are unable to release the ethnicity of the baby, but say that they want to trace a white woman in her early 20s who was seen by several witnesses around the time the baby was abandoned.

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Terry added: "I spoke to two teenagers who thought they saw a woman with the same or similar blanket carrying a baby about half an hour or an hour beforehand."

Emergency services were called at around 5.30 pm and arrived shortly after. The boy was taken to the hospital – where he's said to be "doing well".

Speaking to BirminghamLive earlier this week, Detective Superintendent Annie Miller said the mother had cared for herself and her unborn baby during pregnancy, as her son was healthy as a result of good ante-natal care.

West Midlands Police repeated calls for the mother – or her friends and family – to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Annie Miller said: "Our primary concern is the well-being of the mother and we need to find her to check on her physical and mental health.

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