Teen rushes to save drowning dog in the middle of TikTok video
A teenager has gone viral after posting herself rushing to save her sister's dog - as she was recording a video social media platform TikTok.
In the heart-pounding video, Arizona-native Cadence Beavers (@cadbea) start to perform a TikTok dance as two dogs can be seen walking behind her.
After hearing a splash, the teenager turns around and sees her sister's dog, named MJ, sinking to the bottom of the swimming pool. Immediately, Cadence kicks off her shoes and jumps into the pool to save the beloved pooch.
@cadbeaOmfg saved my dog and my shoes ##fyp ##icantstopshaking ##shesokay
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The video was posted to the popular platform on March 15, and has since amassed 1.5 million likes and 8.2 million views (as of this writing).
Speaking to In The Know about the potential tragedy, Beavers said: "I didn’t know that all dogs couldn’t swim so I heard the splash and I turned around and then it clicked that [MJ] was just sinking to the bottom like a rock.
"I totally forgot I was even making a TikTok! It was just my instincts to take off my shoes and check for my phone and then jump in quickly."
Thankfully, Beavers revealed that MJ - and herself - are completely unharmed following the incident: "I was so scared [MJ] was gonna choke on water but she was perfectly fine as soon as we got out. I’m just so glad MJ is OK and I can’t believe all that happened on camera."Related - Check out this mom's lightning reactions to save her child at the last moment:
Many comments praised Beavers' bravery. One user wrote: "So glad you were there [at] the right time". While another added: "I was stressing just seeing the doggo being under for so long. Good job girl."
But unbelievably - despite her brave actions - Beavers revealed that some TikTok users have been criticizing her for taking off her shoes prior to jumping in the pool. She told In The Know: "Because I took off my shoes people think I value [material things] more than my animal’s life and that’s not the case."
In a follow-up video posted on March 16, Beavers shuts down her critics, saying: "Just because I took off my shoes and checked if my phone was in my pocket doesn’t mean I value those things more than my animal."
All the while, the adorable MJ can be seen looking very happy and content.
Well done, Cadence!