These images show a newborn girl who was found covered in ants and wrapped in a single piece of clothing while abandoned outside a woman’s front door.
The infant, who is just four days old, is believed to have been abandoned within 48 hours of being born, with some 4 inches of her umbilical cord still attached.
She was found by homeowner Ms Tseng, from the district of Dashu in Kaohsiung, a port city in south-western Taiwan, on 12th October.
Images show the girl found lying on the ground in front of Ms Tseng’s metal door, wrapped in a top with no other belongings nearby, and covered in biting ants.
Ms Tseng recalled: “I must’ve touched her when I opened the door, because she started crying.
“But her cries sounded so weak and tired, like a meowing cat.”
She was taken to E-Da Hospital for treatment and found to have minor cuts all over her exposed skin – likely the result of ant and mosquito bites.
The girl – weighing 2,700 grammes and measuring 50 centimetres (1 foot 7 inches) tall – is in stable condition but remains under observation in intensive care.
Hospital spokesman Chen Wen-hsu said: “Her umbilical cord was over 10 centimetres (4 inches) long.
“When a child is born in hospital, we keep just under 2 centimetres (0.8 inches) of the cord, and the cut is usually very clean and clamped.
“Through this we can conclude that the child was not born in a hospital; she was likely delivered at home.”
Officials with the Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau are now investigating the case together with local police.
Spokeswoman Lee Huei-ling, who is director of the bureau’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center, told local media in a press statement: “We hope the parents will come forward and let us assist them with any difficulties they may have.
“There are resources available to help this child get the care she deserves.”
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