Husky sniffed out an abandoned baby, nuzzling him gently and alerting her owner, saving the newborn’s life.

Hel was on a walk with her owner last April, when she discovered the infant, who was just a few hours old. The baby boy was wrapped in a blanket and wearing a Matalan t-shirt when he was found in an open space known as the Mound in Kings Norton, Birmingham. Hel lay down next to him and gently nudged him with her nose in an effort to wake him. 

Owner Terry Walsh, 64, said he would have carried on walking by if Hel had not alerted him, as he thought he’d just stumbled on a discarded blanket. 

The former royal engineer said: “Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel’s gentle nudging and the heat from her body that woke the baby up. 

“I thank the Lord that the baby was alive, that could have been a lot worse. The baby could have been dead. 

I said to my neighbours, heaven sent Hel to rescue that newborn baby boy.” 

The baby was taken to hospital and found to be in good health. Hospital staff later called him George as he was discovered the day before St George’s Day, and he has now been taken into foster care.