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The first pictures of a baby found abandoned in a Birmingham park by a hero dog have been released.
The tot has been named George by staff caring for him – because he was found the day before St George's Day, on Thursday, April 22, Birmingham Live reports.
He was discovered on open land known as The Mound in Shannon Road, Kings Norton, at 5.30 pm. His mother has not been found, despite an extensive appeal for her to come forward.
West Midlands Police released a picture on Thursday of George, almost a week after he was found. Police believe the little boy, who was dressed in baby clothes from Matalan and wrapped in a blanket, was just hours old.
Officers are yet to trace his mum despite issuing CCTV of a woman seen walking near the park minutes before he was found.
Police said George was taken to hospital and had been "doing really well."
Terry Walsh, 64, said his Husky dog Hel "gently nudged" the newborn and he started crying. He believed his dog was "sent from heaven to rescue the newborn baby boy".
Semi-retired royal engineer Mr Walsh said: "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.
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"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 rag doll and then you've also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there. How would they treat a baby?"
He added: "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 a newborn baby boy!"
- In the News
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