The competition to break scoops in the news biz can be ruff.
Anchor Admits To Shocking Secret When Adorable Dog Crashes Newscast
Just ask Ilona Linarte, an anchorwoman with Mir24 TV, a Russian television station.
Shortly after segueing into a report about Moscow housing renovation programs on-air last week, she was distracted by a disturbance on the set.
When the journalist turned briefly away from the camera, she was SHOCKED at what she saw.
A friendly black lab had wandered into the studio and the adorable pup wasn't shy about announcing his presence.
Both startled and bemused, Linarte quickly drops her professional facade: "I've got a dog here. What is this dog doing in the studio?" she asks a producer offscreen.
But it gets even funnier: Turning back to the camera, she confesses that "I actually prefer cats. Yeah, I'm a cat lady.", and consoles the furry interloper with head pets and a hug.
Because the internet loves an unexpected dog sighting, the episode quickly went viral on YouTube, where the clip has totaled more than 3.8 million views in less than a week. Give it a watch below!
In a follow-up piece, the station revealed "that the dog belong[ed] to a guest from a different segment, and he somehow got loose."