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Loyal dog waits at a Wuhan hospital for three months after his owner dies from covid-19

A deceased covid-19 victim's loyal dog who waited for his owner inside the lobby of a Wuhan hospital for over three months has been given to a dog shelter.

The seven-year-old male mongrel - given the name Xiao Bao (Little Treasure) - received Wuhan Taikang Hospital in Central China's Hubei Province together with his elderly owner at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in February.

Sadly the pensioner succumbed to the virus after just five days, but Xiao Bao refused to go away consistent with hospital cleaner Zhu Youzhen, 65. The dog's owner was one among 3,869 killed by the deadly disease within the city.

Unaware that his owner wouldn't be returning, Xiao Bao, waited within the lobby of Taikang Hospital for quite three months, during which era he was fed by staff.

On 13th April, after Wuhan lifted its lockdown restrictions and therefore the hospital supermarket reopened, he was cared for by shopkeeper Wu Cuifen.

Ms Wu said: 'I first noticed the small dog once I returned to figure within the middle of April. I called him 'Xiao Bao'. that is the name I gave him.

'They told me Xiao Bao's owner, a pensioner, was admitted with the coronavirus. Then he gave up the ghost , but Xiao Bao didn't know and just stayed within the hospital trying to find him

'It never left the hospital. it had been incredibly touching, then loyal.

'I grew conversant in the dog and later brought him into the shop.

'Every morning once I opened , Xiao Bao would be there expecting me. He saw me off at the top of every day.'

Ms Wu said Xiao Bao refused to go away . Even once they deliberately dropped him off somewhere distant , he would make his way back to Taikang Hospital and patiently await his owner to return.

On 20th May, as Taikang Hospital crammed 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 sterilised 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.