They say a mother's love exists across all species, and this dog's behaviour is a testament to that.
Heart-warming footage of a canine parent guiding firefighters to save her trapped puppy has emerged on Chinese social media.
The mother dog ran out to lead the rescuers after its pup's head got stuck in a tiny opening of a cage. The officers followed her to find the pup in a small gap.
The pets' owner had called the fire brigade for help, but the worried mother dog dashed out to find the officers upon their arrival to ensure that they could locate her young without a problem.
The 22-second clip was shared by an entertainment blogger on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, on Monday. However, the incident actually took place in May this year.
According to the fire brigade of Jinan, the capital of eastern China's Shandong Province, the pet's owner called the police after noticing that the puppy had been caught in one side of a cage by the neck.
After firefighters got to the scene, the mother dog was so eager to help that she rushed up to them before her owner could talk.
Footage released by a local TV channel, Jinan Urban Channel, shows the pooch running in front of the servicemen in the dark while turning around to look at them.
With her eyes fixed on the rescuers constantly, the dog appears to prompt them to follow her and not to get lost.
The firefighters found the puppy in a small gap between walls. Its head was stuck in a hole of a cage.
'The young dog seemed pitiful and helpless, and was struggling there in pain,' one of the officers, Yang Changlong, told the station.
The team initially tried to use a pair of pliers to cut the metal wires around the whining pup but failed. One officer then used a heavy-duty bolt cutter to dismantle part of the cage before successfully freeing the pet.
The puppy was unhurt in the incident, the fire brigade said.
This is not the first time pet dogs have guided emergency services to save their beloveds in China.
In January last year, a golden retriever led an ambulance to its unconscious owner in northern China.
The dog's owner had collapsed in a small alleyway in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province, before neighbours alerted emergency services.
Dashcam footage shows the loyal dog waiting for the ambulance in the middle of the road before running away, prompting rescuers to follow it.
The faithful animal finally led the rescuers to a crowd surrounding the unconscious owner outside his home.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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