While Californians suffer the devastation caused by wildfires that have burned through more than 100,000 acres, one man braved the flames to save a wild rabbit and instantly became a hero.
An orange-and-black singed sky fills the can be seen on the video of the daring rescue shows a Ventura County highway near La Conchita engulfed in smoke and flames.
When a wild rabbit darts across traffic and into the burning brush, a man, stopped on the road and wearing just shorts and a hoodie, raced after him. The rabbit is both out of reach and in danger.
Panic sets in as the man clutches his head, jumps up and down, and paces anxiously, agonizingly trying to figure out how to rescue the creature from its burning habitat.
In a last-ditch effort, he walks into the brush and tries to coax the rabbit out from the fire.
After pleading, the rabbit runs out of the flames and, into the motorist’s arms who carries him to safety along Highway 1.
The moment was a welcome relief from the damage and destruction the fires have caused.
One Twitter user said the video would serve to restore faith in humanity.
If you need your faith in humanity restored just watch this video of a man saving a wild bunny from the #LAFires pic.twitter.com/Ke4hr59Lwk
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 7, 2017
Another called him a hero.
He saved a wild baby bunny!! There are heroes amongst us saving lives ❤️??❤️?❤️ #ryefire #lafires #socalstrong #venturafire #thomasfire #creekfire #skirballfire pic.twitter.com/ETotPB2Oij
— ❤️bunnymother❤️ (@bunnymother) December 7, 2017
We don’t know who this man is, but it doesn’t matter. Whoever he is, he has been added to the ranks of heroes who have risen from tragedy with their small acts of compassion.
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