Puppy's Adorable Tug of War With Bird Delights Internet: 'True Friendship'

An unlikely friendship between a puppy and a bird is melting hearts on social media.

Footage of Mimi the dog and Mags the Magpie enjoying a good old-fashioned tug of war over a leaf has been viewed more than 6 million times on TikTok.

A dog and a bird playing.
Stock image of a dog playing with a bird. A blossoming friendship between a canine and a magpie is delighting fans online. NATALIA ANDREEVA/Getty

The video sees the pair enjoying a bit of rough and tumble together, with both parties appearing to revel in the fun of the free-for-all.

It can be watched here.

It's one of several clips uploaded by mags_n_mimi which chronicle the blossoming friendship between the two species. While the reasons behind Mags' affinity for their new canine friend Mimi remains unclear, the young dog's willingness to play should come as little surprise.

According to Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, dogs are hardwired to seek out friendship in any shape or form.

"In the thousands of years since humans first domesticated dogs we have genetically manipulated them to socialize easily and to show friendliness almost indiscriminately," he told Psychology Today. "Dogs that have been properly socialized will congenially approach virtually anything that is alive, regardless of its species, and, unless they receive hostile signals, they will attempt to establish a good-natured relationship."

Mimi may only be a puppy but it would appear those instincts are present and correct, with the young canine shown play-fighting with the bird in much the same way she would a fellow canine.

Approaching Mags, who appears to have a leaf in its beak, Mimi has no qualms about trying to nab it off her new friend, sparking an epic and often hilarious showdown between the pair.

For just over a minute, the two tussle over the leaf with neither giving an inch.

Though Mags boasts a vice-like grip, Mimi, despite her puppy status, still has a significant size advantage and is even able to lift her pal off the ground while trying to prise the leaf away.

At one point, Mags even appears to channel his inner dog, lying on his back and kicking out at Mimi in a manner similar to how countless canines have responded in the face of similar play fighting.

Towards the end of the video, Mimi gains the upper hand, having snatched the leaf away, but Mags isn't about to give up, with the pair tussling for a few seconds longer.

Thankfully, subsequent videos of the pair napping together, chilling on the couch and enjoying a few more play fights to boot, suggest there's no hard feelings between the two pet pals.

In any case, viewers were suitably enthralled.

Anastacia_2412cf called the footage "the cuteness I needed this morning" while picososo1 was similarly enthralled at their "true friendship." Kimber_moonshine commented: "I've never in my life seen anything like this...this is by far the cutest interaction I've ever seen. A bird that acts like a dog."

MykoMushroom agreed, writing "This is too adorable!" with debbiernc noting: "The dog doesn't even want it, just wants to tease the bird." Beanz363 felt Mags had real "small dog energy" with 17junior38 joking that "the laying back kicking is the illegal sibling fight move."

Newsweek has contacted mags_n_mimi for comment.