The owner of a hero husky has shared the shocking moment his dog discovered an abandoned baby whilst out on a walk.
Hel, the giant husky, discovered the hours-old newborn wrapped in a blanket in a Kings Norton park on April 22.
Semi-retired royal engineer Terry Walsh was left stunned by his dog’s discovery after Hel had carefully woke the baby before alerting her owner, Birmingham Live reports.
Without the help of his hero Husky alerting him, the 64-year-old would have walked on by what he thought was a discarded blanket – leaving the boy to be found by foxes, rats or a less gentle dog.
Fortunately, he heard the baby crying after Hel ran over, lay beside the rolled-up shawl and began “gently nudging” the baby with his nose.
Speaking for the first time about the concerning discovery as police renewed their appeal to the mother, Mr Walsh recalled: “As we walked through to the top of The Mounds, looking down towards Shannon Road, there was a lot of glass that had been smashed.
“To my left, there was a rolled-up blanket just under the bushes. I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn’t go over the glass, and she went off to the blanket, lying next to it and started nudging it with her nose very gently.
“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.
“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 ragdoll and then you’ve also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there.
“How would they treat a baby?”
He continued: “I was a bit stunned so I quickly went over and lifted part of the blanket away from the baby’s face and it was newborn, as I know now. I knew it was very young.”
Police said the baby was full-term, likely to have been born the same day and abandoned hours later.
He had been dressed in an orange and white stripy ‘Dino Dude’ tee-shirt, grey trousers and was wrapped in a grey and white zig-zag pattern blanket.
Mr Walsh, a resident in Kings Norton, continued: “I couldn’t see anyone in the immediate vicinity, but about 30ft away I saw a lady with two young children so I rushed down towards her, not wishing to startle her, I said ‘Look I’ve just found what appeared to be an abandoned baby on top of the mounds there'”.
The mum took her phone out immediately to call West Midlands Police before they headed over to settle the baby, he said.
“We then went back to the baby, she picked the baby up. I kept hold of Hel – who just wanted to mother the child – and waited until the police came,” he said.
“They parked up on Shannon Road, I went down to meet them and guide them to the location where the baby was found.
“The baby settled down pretty quickly. He was cold and the baby was getting the heat from the woman. If it hadn’t been for Hel, I wouldn’t have known. All I would’ve thought is that it’s a rolled-up blanket.
“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 newborn baby boy!”
Police are unable to release the ethnicity of the baby, but say that they want to trace a white woman in her early 20s who was seen by several witnesses around the time the baby was abandoned.
Terry added: “I spoke to two teenagers who thought they saw a woman with the same or similar blanket carrying a baby about half an hour or an hour beforehand.
“My concerns were, first of all, getting the police and ambulance there and then the mother.”
Emergency services were called at around 5.30 pm and arrived shortly after. The boy was taken to the hospital – where he’s said to be “doing well”.
Speaking to BirminghamLive earlier this week, Detective Superintendent Annie Miller said the mother had cared for herself and her unborn baby during pregnancy, as her son was healthy as a result of good ante-natal care.
West Midlands Police repeated calls for the mother – or her friends and family – to come forward.
Detective Superintendent Annie Miller said: “Our primary concern is the well-being of the mother and we need to find her to check on her physical and mental health.”