A dog owner shared a video of her Labrador grieving his sea lion friend after finding its body washed up on the beach.
Lennon Stella shared a heartbreaking compilation footage of her pooch Slimmy’s play dates with the animal, where the duo seemed excited to see each other and played together.
But the final video showed the body of the sea lion, lying lifeless among the waves as her dog looked on, whimpering about the loss of his beach buddy.
The video, which received more than 1,000 likes on Instagram, was captioned: “Ruff day for us here at the beach.”
The text in the video said: “Today, my dog lost his friend to a whale. Let the grieving process begin. Poor Slimmy boy. RIP to our favourite sea lion.”
The clips showed them playing under the beach house, greeting each other from the window and playing together in the sand in Malibu, California.
The comments were filled with condolences for the loss of the pup’s friend as one user wrote: “Oh no… I’m so sorry, I would be devastated..plus sea lions are my favourite animal.
“Sorry for the loss of such a special friend. Big hugs and lots of love vibes from me to you and your fur baby.”
Another added: “Poor slimmy and sea lion. Always in our hearts friend.”
A third said: “Aww I’m crying their bond was so gorgeous.”
A fourth commented: “They are directly related to dogs, when I was young I worked at Sea World in San Diego. Amazing animals!”
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