Loyal Dog Waits 3 Months at Hospital Where His Human Died of COVID-19
A mixed-breed dog in China has touched the hearts of many online by exhibiting his loyalty to his deceased master.
Called Xiao Bao, the seven-year-old dog has been waiting at a hospital in Wuhan, three months since his owner died of COVID-19, reports the New York Post.
For months, Xiao Bao was seen sitting outside the lobby of Wuhan Taikang Hospital in Hubei Province, unaware that his owner had already died less than a week after being admitted for the novel coronavirus in February.
According to local reports, members of the hospital staff had been feeding and taking care of the dog.
Loyal #dog waits at a #Wuhan hospital for 3 months after his owner dies from covid-19
7-yo dog Xiao Bao waited patiently for his owner at Wuhan hospital.Staff at Wuhan Taikang Hospital fed Xiao Bao
Xiao’s owner died 5 days after being admitted pic.twitter.com/H31Ls2Dsrh
When the lockdown was lifted, a shopkeeper named Wu Cuifen helped in looking after the dog.
“I first noticed the little dog when I returned to work in the middle of April. I called him ‘Xiao Bao’. That’s the name I gave him,” she was quoted as saying.
Cuifen, who runs a supermarket in the building, shared that she tried to take the dog away, but it refused to leave the hospital premises. When brought somewhere else, Xiao Bao would eventually return to the hospital, apparently looking for his human.
“Although Xiaobao can’t speak, we understand that he is definitely still looking for his owner,” Cuifen added.
Soon, the hospital staff began receiving complaints about having an animal in the hospital premises. They then decided to contact Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association.
Xiao Bao has since been treated and sterilized, reports the local media. The loyal dog remains under the care of the animal center as he is being prepared to be re-homed.
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