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Dog rescues abandoned infant under a bridge in Ghana

A farm dog was hailed a hero after it was discovered that he protected a two-week-old baby abandoned by the mother under a bridge in Winkongo, near Bolgatanga in the Upper East regional capital of Ghana.

Officials say the dog spent the night watching over the child under the bridge. The dog had gone missing for hours and the owner sent out a search party into the forest to find him. The dog was found in the morning under a bridge, near the owner's farm, with the newborn deriving warmth by nuzzling against its fur.

The baby himself is in relatively good health after his adventure. His umbilical cord had not been cut, and had gotten infected, but the infant was otherwise unharmed; he's since had all his vaccinations, and is currently in the custody of a local health directorate until new, non-bridge arrangements can be made for him. 

Police are investigating.

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