Tearjerker: Photos of Faithful Dog Staying by his Fallen Mate’s Side

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If you ever doubted that animals have the capacity to love, stories like this will make you think twice.

In Zhangzhou China, a stray dog captured the attention of passerby’s when he refused to leave the body of its mate after she was run over and killed. The female dog was struck by a car as the couple was attempting to cross a busy road, and for the next six hours the male dog refused to leave his mate’s side. Onlookers reported that he sat licking her face and nudging her with his nose until he finally got tired and lay down next to her.

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Photo credit: HAP/Quirky China News / Rex Features