NJ brother brought to tears by sister’s surprise hamster gift (WATCH)
So ever since Abby got her hamster Daniel had been busting his butt doing extra chores and going above and beyond to earn money to buy himself one. We added up Abigail's birthday money and gift cards and she had $55 total. I asked her what she wanted to do with her money and she says, "I want to surprise Daniel and buy him his hamster. He has been working soooo hard." I asked her numerous times of she was sure that's what she wanted to do with her money and she never faltered. Daniel went over to a friend's house to have a sleepover and we took Abby to pet smart where she asked for the exact hamster Daniel said he wanted, held it to make sure it was nice and excitedly told the woman all about how she was surprising her brother. We got it home, set it up and she she couldn't wait for him to get home from his sleep over so he could be surprised and meet and name his hamster. This is the video of him meeting "Cubby." Daniel Stout
Posted by Rachel Stout on Monday, February 15, 2016
It's not uncommon for siblings to make each other cry -- but in the case of a young brother and sister from South Jersey, their happy tears aren't the kind of thing one sees every day.
Perhaps that's why the video of Abigail Stout telling her brother Daniel that she used her birthday money to buy him a hamster has captured the hearts of internet viewers. Their mother, Rachel Stout, posted the video on Facebook Monday and as of Saturday afternoon it had been shared by more than 46,000 people and viewed more than 2.3 million times.
Stout posted the video for her husband Daniel, whose Facebook page says the family lives in Cape May. In it, Abigail is giddy as her brother arrives home from a sleep over and leads him through the house.
"I don't understand what is happening," Daniel tells her.
Abigail responds, "I got you a hamster. I paid for it."
Daniel freezes with his mouth open in shock, then grabs his sister, picking her up in a hug before dropping to his knees. "Are you crying, cause I am," Abigail says.
Their mother wrote on Facebook that Abigail, who goes by Abby, got a hamster for her birthday and once her brother saw it he wanted one too. She told her son he could do extra chores to earn money to buy his own hamster and wrote that he "had been busting his butt doing extra chores and going above and beyond to earn money."
Abigail received $55 in money and gift cards for her birthday and when her mother asked her how she wanted to spend it she said she wanted to surprise her brother with a hamster of his own, Stout wrote in the Facebook post.
She wrote that she asked Abigail "numerous times" if that's how she wanted to spend the money and "she never faltered." So while Daniel was at a sleepover, the family went to a local pet store to set the surprise in motion.
"She asked for the exact hamster Daniel said he wanted, held it to make sure it was nice and excitedly told the woman all about how she was surprising her brother," Stout wrote in the Facebook post. "We got it home, set it up and she couldn't wait for him to get home from his sleep over so he could be surprsied and meet and name his hamster. This is the video of him meeting 'Cubby.'"
In an interview with ABC News, Stout said her children "absolutely love each other." Abigail just turned 6 and Daniel is 9, according to ABC News.