A dog owner was caught on camera "walking their dog" from 20ft above the ground after their building had been placed on lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The clip, which has been shared on to Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, captures the resident "abseiling" a small dog down from the second floor of a building in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province.
The owner extends the leash to a few metres long and lets the dog walk around the premise for exercise.
Minutes later, they retract the leash and pull the dog back up into their apartment.
A neighbour who films the bizarre moment said in the background: "Oh the dog is going back up now. This is so much fun."
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China's state-run media, People's Daily, shared the clip on Sunday and captioned: "A resident in Qiqihar has put a long rope onto their dog and lowered the dog down from the second floor.
"It's a 'kiting-style' dog walk in an alternative way. Reminder: this is a small dog and it's not recommend to use this method on all dogs."
Viewers were worried about the dog's safety as it appeared that the rope was tied to the dog's collar.
"Wouldn't the dog be suffocated?" one viewer asked. "And what if the rope breaks mid-way? This is not fun at all."
Another said: "Do they realise how dangerous this could be?"
But some understood that the dog owner was concerned of the dog's needs.
Wendy Higgins, director of international media at Humane Society International UK, told Daily Star Online: "I'm assuming this person is in quarantine for coronavirus and so although prevented themselves from leaving the building, they have devised this method to ensure their dog can still get exercise.
"That says to me that this person has some concern for their dog’s well being and needs.
"So although the execution is certainly not ideal, and of course no animal welfarist would ever condone hoisting a dog from a window, I think we have to acknowledge the likelihood that this person had good intentions.
"Elsewhere in China we have seen tragic cases of dogs and cats being thrown to their deaths from tower blocks, and community officers beating dogs to death in the street, all from an unfounded fear of the virus.
"We don’t have to agree with this method in order to acknowledge the exceptional circumstances facing many people in Wuhan and other areas right now, and we hope this person finds a safer way of exercising their companion in the future whilst under quarantine."
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