Siblings often don’t get along. We’ve all heard stories of siblings being at each other’s throats. Conversely, sometimes sibling love runs deep.
Erick Soares, who lives in Brazil with his mother Sheila and brother Rafa, has Down syndrome. His brother Rafa does not. But that hasn’t kept the two from connecting deeply—so deeply that Rafa got a tattoo of Erick wearing a lion skin.
A video of the reveal can be seen below.
— LADbible (@ladbible) August 1, 2018
And here’s a closeup of the ink in all its glory.
The boys’ mother posted on Facebook:
Look at my puppy’s reaction to the beautiful tribute, his face tattooed inside a lion’s mouth. The video is EXCITING. That’s why I saw Rafa asking Erick to make brave face.
She went on:
Out many battles, many approvals, many fights, many defeats, and many victories, but I never gave up on my children. And I won.
The video warmed people’s hearts:
— Elon musty! (@pimpcss) August 1, 2018
I'm not crying. You're crying.
— Chris Palmer (@CPalmer247) August 1, 2018
That sweet little kiss… what a heart melt this is ♥️
— Welsh G. (@WelshGriffiths) August 2, 2018
Wow I'm literally crying… how utterly beautiful
— b.atk (@AtkBeverley) August 1, 2018
I promised myself I wouldn't do this, but… pic.twitter.com/ukjaXlkqI4
— Lord & Lady Douchebag, 14th&15th Angry Democrats (@CHARleeTrauma) August 2, 2018
Others offered up kind words for Rafa.
So much respect for this guy
— Anthony (@Bxrty_) August 1, 2018
— Steve (@Steve64182365) August 1, 2018
my heart my heart! Best big brother award goes to him!
— Galanti (@ELBoriDomi) August 2, 2018
Big brother is all heart and class! Awesome! pic.twitter.com/rAGjI02goQ
— Anthony (@2reconb_laxer) August 2, 2018
So much respect for this guy and the reaction and happiness of his brother is truly amazing
— John (@JohnmiesterX1) August 1, 2018
We’re not crying…we just put in our contacts.