Stray Dog Comforts Street Performer Pretending to Be Injured in Viral Video

A video that showed the moment a stray dog in Turkey rushed to comfort a street performer pretending to be injured has resurfaced and is melting hearts online.

The viral clip, originally from 2020, was reposted to Reddit's "Made Me Smile" forum on Thursday by u/IllustriousPresent7. The post has already amassed more than 42,000 upvotes and over 300 comments from charmed Redditors, including one who observed that some dogs have "almost human levels of intelligence."

The video opened with the performer—who The Dodo identified as Numan Ertuğrul Uzunsoy—being placed onto the ground by two of his fellow castmates.

"The character I played was injured and in great pain," Uzunsoy told The Dodo. "He'd fallen off a horse, and was breathing hard."

Uzunsoy's castmates walk away, leaving Uzunsoy alone on the ground. After a few moments, however, a stray dog walks over to Uzunsoy, sniffs the actor and then places its head on Uzunsoy's neck. Uzunsoy's castmates walk over and all three performers start petting the dog, who welcomes the attention by wagging its tail and exposing its stomach.

"I was very happy when I felt the dog's kisses," Uzunsoy said. "I was very touched. He was like an angel who wanted to help me. It was a very emotional moment for me. I was not expecting it."

One commenter wondered if the stray dog had, at one point, taken but subsequently failed their service dog test.

"I read somewhere that a significant number of dogs can't make the cut, but are perfectly good doggos who retain some of their training," wrote u/Dial8675309.

But as it turns out, all dogs, not just those that have been trained, have the ability to read facial expressions, which means they may be able to sense when a person is in pain or when they're sad, reported Newsweek.

In 2016, researchers from the University of Lincoln in the U.K. saw 17 domestic dogs "listen to sounds paired with images in different combinations, showing positive or negative emotional expressions," said Newsweek. The experiment's results suggested that dogs can detect human emotions.

"Our study shows that dogs have the ability to integrate two different sources of sensory information into a coherent perception of emotion in both humans and dogs. To do so requires a system of internal categorization of emotional states," said Dr. Kun Guo from the University of Lincoln's school of psychology.

"This cognitive ability has until now only been evidenced in primates and the capacity to do this across species only seen in humans," Dr. Guo said.

Redditors were charmed by the dog in the resurfaced video and said its actions proved that dogs are "too pure for this world."

"We don't deserve dogs. Their souls are too pure for this world," wrote u/PedroBenza.

"That is nothing but pure innocence and love," said u/2old2Bwatching.

"I vote we make him king of everything," added u/EmpathicAnarchist.

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A video that shows the moment a stray dog in Turkey rushed to comfort a street performer pretending to be injured has resurfaced and is melting hearts online. Posted to Reddit's "Made Me Smile" forum, the clip has received more than 42,000 upvotes and over 300 comments. Juhku/istock