An abandoned newborn baby girl was found alive covered in cuts and insect bites after spending two days abandoned in a remote Thai forest.
The two-day-old infant had grazes and bruises on her face as well as bugs on her skin when villagers collecting rubber from trees noticed her in the wilderness in Krabi province on December 19.
She had no clothes on her and was lying naked in the dense green banana leaf plants covering the ground. There were insects and worms crawling across her dirtied body.
Villagers picked up the baby and she started crying as her eyes opened. They laid her out on the ground while they waited for police and an ambulance.
Paramedics arrived at the scene after trekking up a hilly area. Locals were tending to the newborn baby at the scene as they did not want to risk carrying her for more than an hour through the night back to their village.
The little girl was wrapped in a blue cotton blanket and put on a stretcher in an ambulance before being driven to hospital where she was treated for dehydration. She has been kept under observation but is healthy and not expected to have any lasting health problems from the ordeal.
Incredibly, she survived the notoriously dangerous wild animals such as cobras and pythons that roam Thai forests as well surging temperatures of up to 35C in the daytime.
A police spokesman said they are searching for the girl's mother but without CCTV cameras in the woodland, it would be difficult to re-trace the person's footsteps.
Police Colonel Prasit Yodthong said records from nearby hospitals showed that no women had given birth there recently.
"It is likely that the mother gave birth elsewhere and abandoned the child in the middle of the hill," he said.
"We are currently tracking down the newborn’s mother. She will be prosecuted. The baby could have died and we think that whoever left the girl, knew this.
"We think that the baby had been left outside for at least two days. She was there for a whole night but survived.
"Officers are interviewing people from nearby villagers to try and find anyone who was pregnant recently."
The baby has been sent to the Khao Phanom hospital for health monitoring. She will then be taken to the Krabi provincial administration once she is fully recovered.
Police said it is likely that she will then be put into the government's system for orphans.
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