A video reportedly shows a panicked man rescuing a rabbit from California wildfires that raged mere inches away.
The Sacremento Bee reported that the incident occurred Wednesday along Highway 1 near La Conchita. So far, the Thomas Fire has destroyed at least 90,000 acres and is only five percent contained.
The now-viral video shows an unidentified man frantically jumping up and down as a rabbit disappears and emerges from the blaze. The man is then seen scooping up the animal and taking it to a safer location.
Witnesses claimed they saw the man pull over to save the rabbit. Despite his heroism, KABC reported that the mystery man didn’t wish to be interviewed.
Though many have applauded the act, it has left some to wonder whether he’s done more harm than good. Live Science pointed out that the rabbit might’ve run toward the fire to save its offspring.
The article also mentioned that many woodland animals survive wildfires–without the help of humans. Though it’s unclear why the rabbit stayed behind, Live Science ultimately advised against committing an act like the one seen in the video below.
“But if you see a wild animal moving around near a fire, the best thing you can do is leave the creature to its business,” they concluded.
“It knows what it’s doing.”
Witnesses say this man pulled over to save a wild rabbit from flames along Highway 1 in Southern California as the massive Thomas Fire, which has charred more than 90,000 acres, spreads toward Santa Barbara County. http://abcn.ws/2AF2USL
Posted by ABC News on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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