A heartbreaking video shows a dog trying desperately to revive his dead friend who was hit by a car.
The tragic clip shows the animal pawing desperately at the lifeless body of his pal lying at the side of the road, as traffic continues to hurtle past them.
But try as he might, there is nothing that can be done for the dog, whose life-force has already ebbed away.
Don’t leave me! A dog desperately tries to revive his dead friend who has been killed by a passing car
Why? The dog mournfully barks at the wind as if to damn fate for its cruel twists
Apparently filmed by a truck driver, whose vehicle may or may not have been the one that ran down the animal, it shows the surviving dog forlornly tugging at his buddy’s shoulder.
The small, black mongrel, who appears to have no collar, barks mournfully at the wind, as if to damn fate for the cruel twist it has inflicted on his companion.
Despite recent research which has claimed that dogs are loyal to anyone who feeds them, the sad scene adds to the mountain of anecdotal evidence suggesting there is more to the animals than doing tricks and begging for treats.
Loyal: The scene appears to contradict research that dogs are loyal simply to anyone who feeds them
The fate of this most recent dog to stand by its dead friend is not known.
A commenter on LiveLeak shared his own experience of how his pet dog responded when he played dead. ‘Ever pretended to be dead in front of your pet dog? I did once. I got sniffed, licked and sat next to,’ he wrote.
‘I passed-out once too, whilst on my PC. Sudden blood pressure change I think. When I woke up, my dog was halfway up the chair on his back legs, looking worried with his head half tilted.
‘A previous poster was right, they do indeed show more compassion than most people do.’