IN A tale that could have been lifted from the pages of a children’s story book, a five-year-old dog foraging for food has been credited with saving the life of a baby who had been left alone in a Nairobi forest for two days.
Baby Angel, as the two-week-old girl has been called by nurses in a hospital in the Kenyan capital, is suspected of having been abandoned by her mother in Lenana Forest last week.
Local residents told the Daily Nation newspaper how they saw the dog carrying a plastic bag across the busy Ngong road and slipping under a barbed wire fence into its residential compound.
Mary Adhiambo, the dog’s owner, told the newspaper that her two children, Collins, 8, and Ken, 6, ran into the house on Friday saying that they could hear a baby crying in the compound.
Mrs Adhiambo gave the baby some milk and cleaned it with hot water before taking it to a police station. The child was then taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital where she is expected to make a full recovery.