29/04/2013 06:01 BST | Updated 29/04/2013 06:12 BST

Dog 'Cries' At Grave: Wiley Crying Over Grandma (VIDEO)

A clip of a dog apparently “crying” at the grave of his owner’s grandmother has gone viral.

Wolf-cross Wiley appears to sob and shudder over the gravestone, as a hand reaches out to stroke and reassure him “we miss her too”.

The video was posted to YouTube by user sarahvarley13 on April 14 and had clocked up nearly half a million views at the time of press.

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Wiley 'weeps' at the graveside of his owner's grandmother

"I can tell you that he has never done that before and hasn't done it since. I may be anthropomorphosizing his actions but its how I'm choosing to deal with loss," the user wrote.

While that may well be the case, it's not the first time a canine has appeared visibly moved by the death of a human.

Take the case of Ciccio, a 12-year-old German Shepherd who continues to visit the church where his owner's funeral was held last year.

Father Donato Panna said of the grieving hound's visits: "He's there every time I celebrate Mass and is very well behaved - he doesn't make a sound, I've not heard one bark from him in all the time he has been coming in.

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Ciccio at the altar of the church of Santa Maria Assunta in San Donaci, Puglia


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