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Jan 6, 2006
newborn from drowning
A female husky dog has saved the life of a Taiwanese newborn by snatching him from a toilet after his mother gave birth alone at home and collapsed.
A social worker has told TVBS that the 24-year-old single mother, identified only as Huang, did not feel well on Sunday.
She went to the bathroom, followed by her dog named Baby, without realising she was in labor as the baby was not due for another five days.
The woman gave birth to a baby boy into the toilet.
The social worker says the woman managed to cut the umbilical cord with a small pair of scissors before collapsing on the floor, too weak to call for help from her roommate.
But her faithful dog snatched up the infant's leg with her mouth and rescued him from drowning.
"The dog approached her owner, who was lying on the ground in a pool of blood, and saw the infant ... she snatched up the baby's leg with her mouth and rescued him from drowning," the social worker said.
When the boy finally breathed and cried out after the dog licked him on the face, Huang managed to call for help.
The mother has declined to speak to the press.
Doctors say both the mother and infant are healthy.
However, due to financial difficulties, the mother is giving both her baby boy and the life-saving 10-month-old dog away for adoption.