A dog was captured on video (below) appearing to cry after being rescued along with her puppies.
In the video, the dog is seen laying with her puppies as they feed from her. In the short clip, the mother — which had just been rescued along with the puppies — visibly sheds tears.
The touching clip quickly went viral, garnering nearly 30,000 views in just a few days. Some viewers on Reddit, were quick to point out that canine tears don’t technically come from a place of emotion.
“If your dog has fluid coming out of its eyes, you might assume that the animal is crying,” one Redditor wrote. “However, it's important for pet owners to note that dogs cannot cry in the way that humans do. If a dog's eyes are discharging liquid, it is because something is wrong, not because the animal is overcome with emotion.”
Despite the technical reason for the crying, many viewers admitted they were still overcome with emotion from the heartwarming video.
“I know that dog isn't actually crying but that didn't stop me from not getting my permission slip signed for that feel trip,” one Redditor quipped.
Watch the emotional moment below.