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Disabled dog finds baby buried alive
The baby was discovered in Bangkok's Ban Nong Kham district.

Ping Pong alerted locals to baby’s location by digging

A disabled dog from Thailand has been praised after finding a baby boy buried alive in a field.

Six-year-old Ping Pong, who only has three legs, made the discovery last Wednesday (15 May) in Bangkok’s Ban Nong Kham district. According to The Guardian, he alerted locals to the child’s location by digging up a patch of dirt.

Owner Isa Nisaika told local media that the digging revealed the baby’s legs, prompting local farmers to pull the baby to safety.

“I heard a dog barking and a baby crying in a cassava plantation, so I went there to check,” he said. “The dog was digging up a dirt pile and the baby’s legs emerged.”

He added: “Ping Pong was hit by a car, so he’s disabled. But I kept him because he’s so loyal and obedient, and always helps me out when I go into the fields to tend to my cattle. He’s loved by the entire village. It’s amazing he found the baby.”

A 15-year-old girl is said to have confessed to burying the child over a fear of retribution by her father. She has since been charged with attempted murder and the baby will be looked after by her parents.

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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BVA president Simon Doherty said he is “delighted” with the announcement.

“Official Veterinarians’ work in safeguarding animal health and welfare and ensuring food safety is invaluable,” he added. “This announcement has come at a crucial time, with Brexit and an uncertain future ahead, the role of OVs will be more important than ever in enabling the UK’s trade in animal products.