WARNING - DISTRESSING CONTENT: A video of a puppy catching a penguin and running off with it has shocked people on the internet who are demanding answers.
The footage was originally posted on video sharing site TikTok and shows what is believed to be a young golden retriever running after a penguin near the shoreline, the puppy picks up the penguin in its mouth and runs away with it.
The video was reportedly filmed at a Victorian beach by user @angusnaylor who can be heard laughing as he chases after the dog saying: “Get away from it! Get away from the penguin”.
TikTok deleted the first video but the user uploaded the video again, sparking outrage.
“My puppo thinks it’s funny to catch penguins, TikTok deleted it!” the video which has been viewed more than 2 million times is captioned.
The second attempt at social media notoriety backflipped on the user with people questioning why he had an unleashed dog on a beach where there are penguins present.
“That’s why you leash your dog. Sad,” one user wrote.
Many wondered why the man seemed to find the situation so funny.
“Why are you laughing, I would be crying,” one person commented.
Others suggested the penguin already seemed lifeless and possibly dead.
“Dead or not, you should have put your dog on a lead,” a user wrote.
Little penguins are under constant threat in the wild from wild foxes, feral cats and dogs. Most Australian beaches where little penguin colonies are present such as Victorian beaches in St Kilda and Phillip Island don’t allow unleashed dogs in the area.
In 2016 a colony of little penguins in Manly in Sydney Harbour was declared an endangered population.
The NSW government environment site cautions “Never allow your dog or cat to roam free in areas where the little penguin may have its breeding sites or burrows.”
A TikTok spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the video has been deleted again.
“Promoting a positive and safe app environment for our users is a top priority for TikTok. The video in question is a violation of our Community Guidelines and has been removed.”
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