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Street Dog Dubbed Hero Mother by Chongqing Citizens
    2007-08-01 13:35:24     CRIENGLISH.com

Every day, dog mom Hua Hua swam about 2 kilometers to an island to feed her newborn babies. [Photo: Chongqing Wan Bao]

Hua Hua, the new mom of four dog cubs, was regarded as a hero mother by many locals in flood-struck Chongqing city, for one brave deed and for her unbeatable love for her children.

Hua Hua was a street dog who temporarily lived in a park along the Changbin Road in the southwestern city. Every day, Hua Hua jumps down to the flooded Yangtze River, swims more than two kilometers to an isolated island. Then she comes back to find herself some food. Hua Hua fulfills this procedure twice a day, and she has never stopped during the past half month.

Huang Pinghui, a swimmer and Tai Chi devotee, who does morning exercise every day, disclosed Hua Hua's secret. Last Friday, when Huang was doing his routine exercise of swimming across the Yangtze River, Huang took a rest at an island called Shanhuba (meaning Carol Dam) by the locals. Since the Yangtze River flooded last month, the island was isolated by water, thus becoming rest land for many swimmers like Huang. On this no man's land, Huang Pinghui surprisingly found four new born dog cubs, only around 10-day's old.

The next evening, when Huang arrived at the island again, he understood how the four puppies had arrived here. Hua Hua had given birth to the puppies on Shanhuba. But the flood had isolated it and the dog family were trapped on it. To hunt for food, Hua Hua had to swim to the land, but every day, she came back twice to feed the babies and accompany them during the night.

Huang was moved by the brave dog mother. He wrote down the story and asked a friend to help him post it on the online forum of a pet-themed website.

Many net surfers then called Huang Pinghui and his friend, volunteering to help the dog. Some people even wanted to go to the island to take care of Hua Hua and the baby dogs. Huang refused, fearing that too many people might disturb the dog family.

Local residents then brought food to feed Hua Hua.

Huang said that currently they couldn't find another safe place for the dog family, but that, when the cubs grow bigger, they will help them find a home.
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