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Dog that saved newborn sparks adoption frenzy

DPA , TAIPEI

Hundreds were vying to adopt a Husky yesterday after the dog saved the life of a newborn baby by pulling it out of a toilet bowl.

"More than 200 people have phoned us asking to adopt the Husky, but we hope to find someone who is willing to adopt both the dog and the baby," Kuo Liang-ling (郭亮伶), director of the Huichi Charity Foundation, told reporters.

The Husky became a celebrity after the Chinese-language newspaper United Daily News, reported yesterday that it had saved the newborn boy of a woman surnamed Huang.

Huang, 25, an unemployed single mother, delivered the boy into the toilet bowl on Sunday at a dormitory run by the Huichi Foundation in Kaohsiung City.

She collapsed onto the floor and fainted after giving birth, but the nine-month-old Husky pulled the infant out of the toilet and licked its face clean, enabling the baby to breathe and cry.

After Huang regained consciousness, she called for help and a roommate rushed her and the baby to hospital. Both the mother and baby are fine.

"Huang has been out of work and depressed for a long time and wanted to abandon the baby. But the Husky's act inspired her. She now wants to find work and start a new life," Kuo said by phone.

However, Huang is too poor to raise the kid and keep the dog, which she bought several months ago, so she is putting up the baby and the Husky for adoption.

"But sadly speaking, there are more people interested in adopting the dog than the baby," Kuo added.

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