In many areas, there are so many stray dogs that they will sometimes form packs. Since these dogs roam the streets together, as well as seek out food and shelter together, they can be very loyal to one another.
A YouTube video captured an amazing example of such loyalty. The video below shows a dog laying in the middle of the road in Lanzhou, central China. The poor pooch was hit and killed by a car. However, the dog’s pack would not leave their friend’s side.
His friends tried to nudge him back up and revive him but to no avail. Nevertheless, the dogs seemed to be keeping vigil over their friend’s body and would not budge. These dogs literally stopped traffic and forced many cars to go around them.
According to Mirror, an eyewitness said the dogs didn’t seem to understand that their friend had died. It seemed as though they fully expected him to get up and start walking again.
“YOU MAY NOT REALIZE IT, BUT DOGS DO GRIEVE THE LOSS OF A COMPANION,” The Spruce States.
There are many dogs who can actually become severely depressed when they lose another dog, animal, or person close to them.
They can experience physical symptoms such as loss of appetite, lethargy, and illness. They can also undergo personality changes, such as becoming more dominant and possessive.
However, it seems that dogs are not the only animals who share this tremendous sense of empathy and pain. Other animals also mourn the loss of those of their kind. Sarah Simmons posted a heartbreaking photo of a group of ponies stand vigil by another pony’s body after it was hit by a car.
The video of the dogs standing guard over their late friend: