The incident seen in the video occurred in Lanzhou, central China.
In some parts of the world, stray dogs tend to roam pretty much everywhere with no care or supervision. Since they are pack animals, however, they tend to form great friendships with those that live within the same street or neighborhoods. This means they tend to depend on each other for food, companionship, as well as to guard each other when a rival stray gangs encroach on their territory. In a viral Youtube video, this bond can be seen in full view, with the story behind it being pretty heartbreaking, reports APost.
The story takes place in Lanzhou, central China, where four dogs appear to be obstructing traffic taking over one half of the road. Drivers looking to dodge them are using the other side of the road rather than shooing them away. Upon close inspection, however, we get to see that it's not actually four dogs but five, as one of their friends is lying incapacitated after it was hit by a car. As reports say, the dogs tried to make their friend get up without actually realizing it was actually dead.
One of the viewers commented on the video and spoke about China's culture which treats dogs inhumanely with their dog meat festivals. The user who goes by the username Sharon DeCaro wrote: "We wonder why or how a no human would stop to help. It's the culture, Lanzhou, Central China. Dogs do not mean anything. In fact, they eat them. To me, we're all connected. All living beings. These sweet animals deserve compassion, but some cultures have none and have different perspectives towards animals, unfortunately." Another user Erika Song wrote: "Some people are truly shameless :( hitting that dog with a car then just run afterward?" Brian D wrote: "Those are good looking dogs, too. At least the communities must not starve them."
This begs the question of the mental impact the terrible accident would have had on the other dogs who'd kept waiting for their companion to get back up and hang around with them. As per an article published on May 2017 edition of Scientific American by Barbara J King, dogs tend to experience behavioral changes when they experience the death of a fellow pup or dog. King, professor emerita of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, told AKC: "We can’t understand how an animal understands or thinks about death. We can only evaluate what we can see, and when someone in a dog’s life dies, dogs will react with behavioral changes."
Speaking on what happens after a dog dies, King says: "After a dog dies, another dog in the household may show social withdrawal. He may fail to eat or drink, he may search for his lost companion or exhibit vocalizations that show he is stressed."
Although the report sheds light on how domesticated dogs behave, the behavior of stray dogs who will have formed similar bonds will not be far different from that. The point, however, remains, that dogs are fiercely loyal beings who develop a deep sense of kinship who spend time with them.