This is the moment a three-year-old boy was left heartbroken when his dog ate the butterfly he had raised from a caterpillar.
Seconds after the youngster from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, released the butterfly in his garden the family’s Cavalier King Charles spaniel chased after it and snapped it between its jaws.
Ronnie Seddon, three, had kept the caterpillar in a plastic box for several weeks before it turned into a chrysalis and then emerged as a white butterfly.
His father Danny, 25, decided to film the sweet moment Ronnie released the insect.
Ronnie Seddon, three, was left heartbroken when his family’s dog named Marvel ate his butterfly he had just released in the garden in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, after watching it transform from a caterpillar
In the clip, Ronnie opens the lid of the plastic jar holding the butterfly and it can be see flying around inside.
He turns it upside down and begins shaking it to release the insect, which he named Ralph, into the wild.
It lands on the ground in the garden and soon realises it is free and flutters off.
But the family dog, named Marvel, soon spots the butterfly and instinctively attempts to catch it.
Danny, 25, was filming his son releasing the butterfly in the garden – tipping the plastic container upside down and shaking it – before it fluttered off
But in a comical turn of events Marvel, a Cavalier King Charles, decided to swoop in and eat the butterfly seconds after it was released
He spots it and with one bite catches it in his mouth, swallowing it whole – much to the upset of Ronnie.
Danny decided to share the comical moment, which he captured on Tuesday, on social media and the video has since proved extremely popular.
Danny said: ‘Unfortunately I stopped recording as Ronnie got upset. He’s three years old and for a full day now has not stopped talking about his butterfly Ralph.
‘We grew him from a caterpillar and decided it was time to set him free when our dog decided differently.
Danny said his son Ronnie has refused to talk to or acknowledge their dog Marvel since the heartbreaking incident
‘I shared the video on my Facebook and people can’t stop laughing at it.
‘Ronnie has been very angry at our dog Marvel and refuses to talk to him.’
He explained that their dog is ‘very cheeky’ and is often causing trouble around their house.