Cristina Maria Cesario Santana was killed in one of the many landslides caused by days of torrential rain, according to CNN. As of today, the Herald Sun reports that the flooding in Brazil has claimed 812 lives.
The AFP/Getty photo went viral on the Internet last week. It was taken on January 15, the second day in a row that Leão (which means “lion” in Portuguese) had refused to leave Santana’s grave in a cemetery near Rio de Janeiro.
After being rescued with dozens of other dogs, Leão has been adopted by a family in Rio de Janeiro, according to the Daily Tail.
Leão is not the only dog to famously remain loyal to a deceased pet parent. In Japan, an Akita named Hachiko walked with his dog dad, Hidesaburo Ueno, a college professor, to the train station every weekday to see him off, and would return each evening to greet him. After Ueno died suddenly of a stroke while at work, Hachi-ko continued to return faithfully to the train station every day, until he himself died – 10 years later.
If you are interested in adopting one of the other dogs rescued in Brazil, call 5521-9632-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.