A heartwarming photograph has emerged on social media of a young man who allowed a stranger with special needs to hold his hand on a busy bus.
Godfrey Cuotto, a 22-year-old student was photographed sitting next to a man known as 'Robert' on a busy bus in Ontario, Canada.
Robert who is deaf and suffers from cerebral palsy is said to have needed comforting after being overwhelmed on the busy bus.
The photo, which was first posted on a Facebook page called Only In Hamilton on Wednesday, has since gone viral, with many describing the moment as 'beautiful' and 'perfect'.
I didn't know if u can post this but I would liking [sic] to say thank you to the guy who was seating beside a special needs gentleman...,' read the caption that accompanied the photo.
'He allowed him to hold his hand and find comfort well in a packed bus.. It make [sic] my day when I see stuff like that.'
Mr Cuotto said he was on his way home on a crowded bus when Robert reached out to him for comfort, initially requesting a handshake.
Having initially thought he was the subject of some kind of prank, he soon realised his fellow passenger was merely looking for comfort.
'He kept holding my hand,' Mr Cuotto told the Huffington Post Canada.
'Sometimes you just have to be selfless and put someone else's needs above yours.'
As well as holding Mr Cuotto's hand, the student allowed Robert to hug him and lean against him on the journey.
The young student told the publication that he later received a message on Facebook from Robert's family who praised his efforts for comforting their uncle.
The photo has garnered nearly 45,000 likes with more than 10,000 shares on Facebook and a significant amount of positive feedback.