A five-day-old baby girl, has been found and rescued from a drain where she was left to die in Mumbai, India.
Doctors at the Rajawadi hospital have confirmed that she is recovering and “doing fine” while her health is still being monitored.
Police said residents found the baby after a group of cats gathered at a spot along the road and began creating a ruckus – hissing, and purring loudly.
Officials are investigating how she ended up in the drain.
Police have not speculated on possible motives, but similar abandonments in the past have been blamed on India’s preference for sons.
In the latest incident, the baby was rescued by a women-led police team from a suburban Mumbai neighbourhood on Sunday.
When the police arrived, they found the infant lying inside the drain. They said the baby – dressed in a flimsy shirt and soaked in sewage water – was wailing in distress.
Two officers then scooped her out, wrapped her in a cloth and took her to the hospital.
“When we lifted the the baby out, she was freezing; her arms had turned blue. We asked for some warm water and cloth to clean the baby,” police constable Sheetal Sonawane said.
Doctors have so far said the baby is “stable.”