An abandoned new born was allegedly saved by litter of puppies which kept her warm in field overnight.
The locals claimed that someone had left the baby during the night, without any clothing and with her umbilical cord still attached.
But locals claim the baby was found my a dog, which cuddled up with the baby along with its puppies, all night, in the Chattisgarh province of India.
Speaking about the incident, one anonymous local said: “It’s possibly the warmth from puppies and their mother itself who had kept this new born alive.
“Usually, the temperature dips at night and it’s already December. I must say, it’s her sheer luck.
Found nestled alongside a litter of puppies, the newborn was completely uninjured and discovered after locals heard her crying, it is claimed.
Locals informed the panchayat, a local government body, who further contacted police.
The police arrived soon after and reached the spot to provide further assistance to locals.
The baby has also been referred to the Child Line Project after being examined by doctors in a local hospital.
One local, Premnath, said it was a ‘miracle’ the baby had survived the night, because stray dogs can be vicious, he said.
They said: “They are not parents, they are criminals. It is a miracle only to find new born baby surviving when stray dogs are lurking every now and then at the dead of the night”.
The girl child has been named Akanksha.
An investigation is underway, and police are searching for her parents.
Senior IPS officer of Chhattisgarh Police, Special DG RK Vij expressed his shock.
Following the incident, a local representative Munnalal Patel revealed they had found the newborn after heading out for daily chores.
They said: “At 11 in the morning, we saw that there is a newborn baby girl who was crying and lying alongside puppies in our village.
“We panicked and informed the health department before the newborn was taken to the hospital for further checkup”.