This dog has been caring for a group of baby chicks like his life depends on it, unable to leave them alone for more than half an hour.

The adorable relationship between the hatchlings and this pup is the subject of a viral clip on the video sharing platform TikTok.

Viewers fell in love with the amusing video, which was shared by TikTok user @marycappellettijf, and was a smash hit on the app, with almost four million views and over 752,000 likes.

The clip begins by explaining how the dog remembers every half an hour that there are baby chicks downstairs.

The result of his memory being jogged is shown, as the camera pans across the 10 chicks who are minding their own business in their enclosure.

As the camera shifts, the final shot shows the dog leaning intently over the enclosure and staring closely at the babies, clearly keeping an eye on them and making sure all is well.

Viewers were enthralled by the video, with one user commenting: “There may be no thoughts behind those eyes… but I do see undying love.”

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Another commenter wrote: “Brain not empty brain full of love.”

A third added: “He’s the poultry protector.”