An abandoned newborn baby was rescued after being found buried alive on a farm in India.
Images show stunned villagers panicking upon seeing the infant, caked in mud and motionless among stones, roots and dirt.
It’s not clear when the baby was dumped and left to die in a field in the town of Khatima, in the northern state of Uttarakhand close to Nepal.
But, incredibly, the child was discovered by a labourer who spotted its face poking out while working in the fields, reported The Sun.
Its face was caked in mud, and its hair and body also had a layer of grime after being dumped in the shallow grave.
In a video of the rescue, the infant’s right knee and foot can be seen, along with its right arm.
At first, the baby doesn’t seem to be moving, let alone alive.
Men and women crowd around the baby, swaddling it in cloth for protection and warmth.
The abandoned infant’s mouth was wiped as people appeared to frantically shout instructions at each other.
The footage shows a man, other locals and the police working to pull the baby out – saving its life.
The infant was rushed to a hospital to receive treatment and is now said to be in a stable condition.
It is the latest in a series of similar ordeals for newborns in India.
In October 2019, a tiny newborn girl was found alive after being buried in a shallow grave – allegedly by her parents who were hoping for a boy.
The three-day-old was found inside a sealed clay pot, wrapped in cloth and buried about 1m beneath the earth at a village crematorium in Northern India.
The little girl was discovered by labourers who were digging a grave for another couple whose daughter had been stillborn.
And in 2017 a newborn girl miraculously survived being thrown into a thorny bush by her parents and left for dead.
The baby was found lying under the plant and covered in scratches in the city of Una in western India‘s Gujurat state.
This story first appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission