A stray dog has been filmed "crying" tears of joy after a stranger came and fed him some much-needed food on the street.
The poor pooch was found wandering near a park in the city of Jinzhong, Shanxi province of north China earlier this week.
Footage shared by the woman, who does not wished to be named, shows the small dog standing on his hind legs while swinging his front legs as if he is begging for food.
The scruffy canine appears to be well up when the woman gives him a sausage.
Another segment shows the kind-hearted animal lover revisiting the park to find the dog the next day. The excited mutt seems to recognise her and greets her with a wagging tail.
As soon as she brings the snacks out, the dog is seen getting teary again.
The woman told local newspaper Xiaoxiang Morning Post that she tried to carry the dog to her car but he quickly jumped down.
She said: "Me and my friends were on the way to a park when we saw the stray dog.
"He started crying when we gave him food and I tried to put him in our car one time, but he refused and jumped back on the street.
"The dog feared that we would grab him like the dog snatchers because that's what they would do – luring the dogs to the minivan with food before fleeing."
She went back to the area on Wednesday (December 23) but couldn't see the dog around.
"I've tried to look for it a few times these few days but I couldn't find him," she added.
"I might try my luck asking the street cleaners later."
The clip has gone viral on Douyin, a Chinese equivalent of TikTok, where viewers hoped for the dog's safe return.
One wrote: "It's a dog with soulful eyes. Please don't hurt him."
A second commented: "Hope the dog didn't get snatched away!"
"Can someone adopt the dog please?" a third asked.
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