Stray Dog Uses Her Maternal Instincts To Keep An Abandoned Baby Alive Until Help Arrives

Stories about humans rescuing animals are a dime a dozen. Often, our four-legged companions will need a helping hand, and we’re the only ones who can offer one.

Sometimes, though, a situation arises where our furry friends are actually the ones called on to save our lives! Although rare, an event like this is a true testament to how caring and empathetic animals can be.

A stray dog from Argentina known as Way demonstrated this animal-to-human heroism. What she did when she came across someone in need in an alleyway one freezing winter night just might make you see stray animals in a different light…

Everyone’s heard a story or two about a person helping an animal in need. Precarious situations often arise that require us to protect our fellow furry and feathered friends. And since animals can’t often call for help, it’s always inspiring to see someone treat them with the same respect and care as humans.

That said, sometimes the roles are reversed and it’s the animal who is called into action to save a human from danger. These occurrences, while certainly not as common, can and do take place. Think of these animals as real-life Lassies!

 A stray dog from Argentina who was nicknamed Way by folks in the neighborhood was one such animal. She became the talk of the town after she came across an abandoned one-month-old girl in an alleyway one night. With no one else in sight, her instincts kicked in, and she did what any mother would…

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Allegedly, the child’s mother left the baby all alone to die in the freezing winter temperatures. While authorities were unsure how long the baby had been left in the cold, they were glad that Way stumbled upon her when she did.

As it turned out, Way had a litter of puppies of her own, and her maternal instincts to protect her young were in full effect that fateful night. She and her puppies surrounded the child and did something truly unbelievable… 

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Local resident Alejandra Griffa was the first to come across the scene. She’d heard the baby’s cries the following morning and grew extremely concerned. Thinking it was a mother who was having trouble with her children, she decided to investigate and see if she could lend a helping hand.

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When she came upon the infant, Alejandra couldn’t believe the sight: not only was it clear that there was a small baby in the middle of the alley, but she was snuggled between Way and her puppies! Alejandra immediately gathered the baby into her arms and rushed to a nearby hospital.

Rescuers said that Way and her puppies most likely saved the baby from freezing to death by wrapping themselves around the newborn. For that reason, the dog became an instant hero to the community, and the local news crew covered her incredible story.

Later that same day, the newborn child’s mother was found and subsequently detained by authorities. Watch the Argentinian newscast of this unbelievable rescue below. Way was truly a hero, and it was all thanks to her motherly instincts!

There’s no way that this poor newborn child ever could’ve survived that horrific ordeal had it not been for Way and her instincts. She’s a hero, and she should be regarded as such from here on out!


This dog’s maternal instincts saved the life of a child, despite the difference in species. Way’s story is truly one of compassion and heroism!

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