A three-day-old newborn baby – with its umbilical cord still attached – was found in the woods of Chelyabinsk laying on a pile of leaves, badly bitten by ants, according to Daily Mail.
A Russian man left his home in the early morning hours to head off to work. But in lieu of going his usual route, he decided to take a short cut. When he did he heard the cries of a baby that appeared to be coming from the woods.
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As he made his way into the woods, he discovered a horrific scene: a newborn baby lying on a pile of leaves with ants crawling all over its tiny body. The newborn baby appeared to have been abandoned in the woods for several hours before being discovered.
The man – whose name has not been released to the public – immediately contacted police. When Russian police officials arrived at the scene, they discovered the baby was in fact a baby girl who still had her umbilical attached, and that she had been badly bitten by ants, Mirror reports.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital where physicians say she wouldn’t have survived in the woods for much longer had she not been found when she did.
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“The person that found the baby girl heard her crying and on investigating discovered the child lying on a pile of leaves and covered in ants,” said a police spokesperson.
“It was clear that the child had been abandoned and there was no one else in sight, so they picked her up and called for an ambulance.”
“Incidents in which babies are simply abandoned in Russia, including during the frigid winter months, are a common occurrence,” reports Moscow Times.
“For other abandoned babies, there is no miraculous rescue, and no happy ending.”
“In February the corpse of a newborn was found in a plastic bag at the bottom of a pond in the capital.”
The baby girl is currently in a children’s hospital where she is in stable condition. Doctors say she is expected to make a full recovery.
Investigators are making attempts to track down the newborn’s parents.
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