An abandoned baby boy has been found alive in a rucksack hanging on a fence in the Philippines.
Shocked locals heard the sound of a baby crying on June 29 and searched the area before finding him stuffed inside a blue bag hanging on the fence of their gate in South Cotabato province.
Aside from crying out of hunger, the infant appeared to be uninjured. He was still rushed to the hospital for a health check-up and was found to be slightly dehydrated.
"It was early in the morning when we heard the baby crying. It was strange because we had no baby in the house," resident Mary Kris Dela Cruz said.
"We searched where the sound was coming from and it led us to the front gate. Something was moving inside the bag and it was the baby."
The baby was turned over to social services after being discharged from the hospital.
Local police are searching for his parents.
A spokesman from the Provincial Department of Social Welfare and Development said in a statement: 'The baby will be under our care even after the parents were found.
"We just want to remind everyone that struggling parents could always ask us for help if they don't know what to do to their babies instead of leaving them alone and abandoning them."
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