The seven-year-old male mongrel- given the name Xiao Bao (Little Treasure) – showed up at Wuhan Taikang Hospital in Central China’s Hubei Province with his old guardian at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in February.
Unfortunately the retired person capitulated to the infection after only five days, yet Xiao Bao wouldn’t leave as indicated by medical clinic cleaner Zhu Youzhen, 65.
Unconscious that his guardian would not be returning, Xiao Bao, held up in the lobby of Taikang Hospital for over a quarter of a year, during which time he was taken care of by staff.
On thirteenth April, after Wuhan lifted its lockdown limitations and the emergency clinic grocery store revived, he was cared by retailer Wu Cuifen.
Ms Wu stated: ‘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.
‘They told me Xiao Bao’s owner, a pensioner, was admitted with the coronavirus. Then he passed away, but Xiao Bao didn’t know and just stayed in the hospital looking for him.
‘It never left the hospital. It was incredibly touching and so loyal.
‘I grew familiar with the dog and later brought him into the shop.
‘Every morning when I opened up, Xiao Bao would be there waiting for me. He saw me off at the end of each day.’
Ms Wu said Xiao Bao refused to leave. Even when they deliberately dropped him off somewhere far away, he would make his way back to Taikang Hospital and patiently wait for his owner to return.
On 20th May, as Taikang Hospital filled with regular patients, staff received complaints and concerns about Xiao Bao roaming the corridors.
Nurses contacted the Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association, whose members took Xiao Bao in.
Xiao Bao was treated by vets and has also been sterilized as he prepares to be rehomed.
The shelter is now vetting animal lovers who have offered to foster Xiao Bao, the association’s director Du Fan said yesterday.