Dog Cries While Watching 'Lion King' On TV
FaithTap Staff 3/6/2019
Josh Myers and his girlfriend, Hannah Huddleston, were watching "Lion King" one day with their puppy, Luna. At first, it was just your ordinary and uneventful bonding time. But then it was time for the dreaded scene when Mufasa falls from the cliff down into the herd of stampeding wildebeest.
When the young Simba approached his fallen father Luna immediately exhibited some agitation. She appeared anxious. The four-month-old pit bull pup began emitting sad sounds, like she was crying. When Simba tried to wake his father up in a low and weepy voice Luna also let out a sympathetic whine.
In an even more shocking display of empathy, she backed away from the TV, as if afraid to see what was next. She got up then sat back down again while Simba urged his father to wake up. She tilted her head then cried when Simba finally wept. Then, Luna lay down and placed her chin on the comforter.
Luna was clearly distraught, although her reactions certainly made Josh's day. He's always known his young pup was special, but to see it with his own eyes was absolutely wonderful. Dogs have amazing skills, with several senses more advanced than ours, which they use for survival. And the video footage showed Josh just how underserving we are to have the unconditional love of a dog.
Studies throughout the decades have recorded remarkable human-like traits from these canines. One is showing empathy. Luna certainly exhibited that on February 19. Maybe she felt something in Simba's voice or recognized anguish on the cartoon character's facial features.
Whatever it was, it made her owners love her more. Josh posted a video of Luna's reactions on Facebook, and it went viral. Hannah and Josh got Luna from a certain Blake Blamalam who had a rescue pit bull who gave birth to twelve pups. One of those pups became Luna.
Luna's video on Facebook was captioned with:
"She even lays down right after Simba lays with his dad….We don’t deserve dogs. 4 months old and she’s already showing empathy."
There are many stories out there of dogs showing sympathy and empathizing with their owners. It's not so surprising since dogs are such common companions. They have certainly learned to read facial expressions and the tone of our voices.
Sometimes, though, it's always great to be reminded that dogs really are man's best friend for a reason.