Throughout the years, miraculous stories have arisen when it comes to animals and the love and kindness they show toward people. One miracle came from the generous care of a stray dog in Kenya, who had saved a newborn baby’s life in 2005.
Nairobi’s Ngong Forest was apparently the last place one baby had had been in contact with any humans. Having been abandoned for two days straight, the newborn let out cries of despair. It wasn’t until a stray dog, foraging the woodlands for food, actually heard the screams, that anyone came to her rescue.
Somehow, the baby was wrapped in a black cloth, and with the fabric securely held in the dog’s muzzle, she carried the child out of the forest and over a street bustling with traffic. One of the witnesses of this heroic act, Stephen Thoya, gave a testimony of the scene. He said, “I heard the sound of a baby crying, (when) I looked closely, I saw a dog carrying a baby as it crossed the road.”
After carrying it through honking cars, the canine pulled the child through a barbed wire fence, and eventually brought her to an area safe and sound where laid her down in a pile of her own puppies near a shack.
Upon being spotted by two children, the infant was found by a nearby family. Mary Adhiambo, the mother of the children, came out and searched around the shack. They discovered the dog huddled like a protective shield over her littler and the baby, who was blanketed in a dirty shirt and patches of mud. She was only four ounces and her umbilical cord was covered in maggots. Hastily Adhiambo cleaned her up and rushed her to the police station, and from there to the Kenyatta National Hospital.
At the hospital, the baby was looked after by another mother who was also caring her own newborn. The doctors gave her the name Angel, and figured that Angel had been left outside for two days alone. “An infant of such a tender age, having spent two nights in the cold, is likely to develop respiratory infections and we have put her on a treatment to prevent any bacterial or fungal infections.” explained Dr Jonathan Micheni. A spokesman at the hospital, Hannah Gakuo, said that at first, the situation for little Angel was quite an ordeal, and she would often let her stress be known through a lot of crying. “She cried a lot during admission because her umbilical cord was infected. But she is now very quiet. She just feeds and sleeps. I was there this morning, and she looked at me and yawned, and looked at me again and yawned. She is now fine.”
While the other mother cared for the two infants, people donated baby clothes and diapers. Many families began to call in about adopting Angel. This was truly a miracle for Angel, but the story of her abandonment is unfortunately, not uncommon in Kenya. Many lower income countries have families who are desperate, and in Kenya alone 56% are said to live off of less than $1 a day according the Human Rights Watch (Kenya: Taking Liberties).
Fortunately for Angel, she had her own guardian angel, one with four legs and a wagging tail. Along with publicity for the infant’s adoption, the canine also found herself in the spotlight. Apparently, she was a shy dog, and Jean Gilchrist of the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals said, “She wasn’t too happy when we all poured into the compound. But kids in the compound brought her back for the bath as she was full of ticks.”
Both Angel was adopted, and so was the dog, who was dubbed Mkamobozi, a word that means Savior. ~~~
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