Heartbreaking: The male dog tries to nudge his mate awake after she was hit by a car
A stray dog stands guard over the body of his dead mate and in a moving display of devotion continues to lick her head in a bid to revive her.
These heartbreaking pictures taken in Zhangzhou, in China's Fujian Province, show the animal carefully nudging the female dog after she was hit and killed by a car.
After he fails to wake her, the male refuses to leave and stays within feet of his mate for six hours.
Vigil: The dog refused to move from her side despite the female lying in the middle of the busy road
When he got tired the dog lay down next to her as he kept up his vigil for hours.
Moving: The male tries licking the top of her head as he tries to revive her
Xiao said after the accident he saw the male dog running around and trying to 'hug' the female dog with his forelegs.
Mourning: Witnesses said he only left her side to move out of the way of oncoming traffic
Bereaved: The dog was tired he would simply lie down but would not leave her side
Tragic: The male dog continues to cuddle the dead female even when her body has apparently been moved to the side of the road
- Daily Mail