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Watch This Anonymous Hero Saving A Bunny From Wildfire And Then Just Vanishing Into The Dark
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Animals, People4 years ago

Watch This Anonymous Hero Saving A Bunny From Wildfire And Then Just Vanishing Into The Dark

As Ventura County suffers from the Thomas fire that has already forced about 200,000 people to evacuate, a man braved the flames to save one more local resident – a wild bunny. Luckily, a news photographer was nearby to record the heroic act, and the emotional footage he captured is spreading on the internet, giving hope to all Californians.

After seeing the frightened animal, the unidentified man pulled over on a highway near La Conchita. He wasn’t wearing a cape, just a pair of shorts and a hoodie. As the animal darted into the flames, he battled his emotions in the face of total destruction. In a last-ditch effort, the man went all-in and after a few moments and stumbles, the bunny was safely resting in his arms.

The man declined a request for an interview and decided to remain anonymous. Whoever he is, he has been instantly added to the hero list by people on social media, claiming he has successfully restored everyone’s faith in humanity.

(h/t distractify)

The Thomas fire has already consumed 115,000 acres, forcing about 200,000 people to evacuate

Image credits: Ryan Cullom / Ventura County Fire Department photo

The devastating wildfire is also threatening all wildlife, including rabbits

Image credits: Getty Images

And one man saw flames surrounding a frightened wild bunny

Watch the video below to see how bravely he reacted in the face of total destruction

He declined a request for an interview and decided to remain anonymous

But that didn’t stop people from adding the mysterious savior to the ranks of heroes

 

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sounds_like_broken
Community Member
4 years ago

"The man declined a request for an interview and decided to remain anonymous." THAT. Right there.

iname
Community Member
1 year ago

sounds_like_broken easy

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Eyeball
Community Member
4 years ago

His sense of urgency and concern for the rabbit is awe inspiring. Just when I thought most people are cold and bitter, I see this and it makes me feel like everything is going to be ok.

Cesi Baca
Community Member
4 years ago

Wild jackrabbits are as quick as lightning, so this poor thing had to be either injured, in complete shock from terror, or both to let this man take and cuddle him to safety. The mans panicking when the rabbit starts heading into the fires just got me. I hope they are both well tonight.

Otis Spunkmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, read this article. Hopefully no one is ever in that situation, but scientists have found that small animals rarely perish in similar fires. The rabbit itself might have been in proximity to the fire to save its own young. https://www.livescience.com/61134-leave-fire-rabbits-alone.html However, I totally understand the man's actions.

The Cappy
Community Member
4 years ago

That might not be the final word on the matter. According to National Geographic, "Young and small animals are particularly at risk in a wildfire. And some of their strategies for escape might not work." https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140721-animals-wildlife-wildfires-nation-forests-science/

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Jay Broderick
Community Member
4 years ago

I can't believe he caught a wild rabbit!

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
4 years ago

In the world full of Donalds and Kims, be someone's this awesome man..

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

*sigh*. You see a great act of compassion and all you can think about is someone you hate? It's so sad that people choose to see the world the way you do. I choose to just be happy this guy saved a bunny.

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Maike
Community Member
4 years ago

is it okay that i cried because of this? i needed that.

peccavi
Community Member
4 years ago

Me too.

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Eddy Jay
Community Member
4 years ago

Many People just do it to help Not to be famous... Great guy

Debbie Andersson
Community Member
4 years ago

Such genuine concern, when the bunny runs into the flames and he jumps from being nervous, good man right there.

Esther Torres
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg, this made me cry, what a hero and good for him for staying anonymous! That's the best reason to do something kind, it was just to help the rabbit and not for any recognition

Aoki
Community Member
4 years ago

what a lovely human being. Sad that this type is so rare nowadays

Blue Cicada
Community Member
4 years ago

It's human nature to reach out and help a fellow creature in need. That's called letting nature take its course.

Aurelia Grey
Community Member
4 years ago

Best Christmas present, ever.

Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

Even if the actual rescue was counterproductive because the rabbit was maybe just trying to stay close to its litter, the story is heart warming because of the obvious concern of someone for a suffering creature.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Because people choose see what to they want to see. Some people chose to see an act of bravery and compassion, and others chose to see someone doing something they believe could've been against the animal's best interests even if it was of the best intentions.

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AntiSnowflake
Community Member
4 years ago

Why are you down voting facts stating that you should leave the animals alone? Is it because it's more important that you feel good about what you read instead of looking at the reality of the situation? Animals are very good at self-preservation and rarely need our help out of catastrophes. How about instead of weeping tears of joy over the guy's possibly risking his life and the lives of any babies the rabbit may have had, you do some research on the links that were provided on the comments you down-voted.

Otis Spunkmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

Great name!

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Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

Since this was obviously a really nice thing he did. I am gonna say what went through my mind while watching it. Was he really saving the rabbit, picking up dinner? I know terrible, but thought it my give someone a laugh while enjoying a kind moment.

Kelli Marie
Community Member
4 years ago

AW! YES! I love this! Good for you sir!

Royalty
Community Member
4 years ago

Awww

Fuzzy Duckling
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't laugh to hard- this video made me cry.

DopethronePunkUK
Community Member
4 years ago

If i could buy this man 10 beers i would...and then another 10. His reaction at the beginning shows clear love and respect for animals, i hope to think i would act the same. Doesn't matter if its only a wild rabbit, all life is equal in my eyes. I nearly went over a cliff saving my dog from jumping straight over said cliff once (he was a puppy and i shouldn't of let him off his leash but fuckin hell did he get a fright too when he saw it was a long way down and i only just grabbed him before he went). Anyway hats off to this true MAN and HERO.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Even if this was not in the best interest of the bunny (maybe it's young were safe underground) the world would still be a lot better on aggregate if people's reaction was to always do what they feel is the most compassionate thing.

Flóra Varga
Community Member
4 years ago

Hero!

Dizzyaudiohh
Community Member
4 years ago

Thank you for rescuing that helpless bunny.. the bunny was probly so scared and you saved him. Thank you sir :)

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow brave guy, very sweet what he did. Risky. Cool that he declined being known

Qwertykeala
Community Member
4 years ago

That’s so beatiful I mean a rabbit, he pulled over to save him this man is what all people should be like having compassion for any living thing.

Jenni Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Why can't people be left alone.. just let him have that moment lol. Jeeeeesh!

Aaron Pie
Community Member
4 years ago

A Legend was born amongst people and rabbits with this act.

WritingPeak
Community Member
4 years ago

It is so touching! He is a nice guy and I wish there would be more such people

Sop Hie
Community Member
4 years ago

well hello there, 46

Hisseefit
Community Member
4 years ago

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I'm guessing he remained anonymous so his wife or family wouldn't know he risked himself for a rabbit. His own life may have been in danger from the wraith of his wife. Good man.

lazy panda
Community Member
4 years ago

Or he just wanted to do something good that he felt didn't require credit? Way to just assume that his wife would be pissed though. *eye roll*

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James Johns
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4 years ago

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Yumm. Dinner.

Jonathan Eatsalot
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4 years ago

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"Local animal experts warn that any wildlife spotted near a blaze should be left alone — especially desert cottontails like the ones common to Southern California. This is due to the fact that they are still giving birth to litters around this time of year and are typically keeping them safe underground in their burrows, according to Live Science."

sounds_like_broken
Community Member
4 years ago

"The man declined a request for an interview and decided to remain anonymous." THAT. Right there.

iname
Community Member
1 year ago

sounds_like_broken easy

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Eyeball
Community Member
4 years ago

His sense of urgency and concern for the rabbit is awe inspiring. Just when I thought most people are cold and bitter, I see this and it makes me feel like everything is going to be ok.

Cesi Baca
Community Member
4 years ago

Wild jackrabbits are as quick as lightning, so this poor thing had to be either injured, in complete shock from terror, or both to let this man take and cuddle him to safety. The mans panicking when the rabbit starts heading into the fires just got me. I hope they are both well tonight.

Otis Spunkmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, read this article. Hopefully no one is ever in that situation, but scientists have found that small animals rarely perish in similar fires. The rabbit itself might have been in proximity to the fire to save its own young. https://www.livescience.com/61134-leave-fire-rabbits-alone.html However, I totally understand the man's actions.

The Cappy
Community Member
4 years ago

That might not be the final word on the matter. According to National Geographic, "Young and small animals are particularly at risk in a wildfire. And some of their strategies for escape might not work." https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140721-animals-wildlife-wildfires-nation-forests-science/

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Jay Broderick
Community Member
4 years ago

I can't believe he caught a wild rabbit!

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
4 years ago

In the world full of Donalds and Kims, be someone's this awesome man..

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

*sigh*. You see a great act of compassion and all you can think about is someone you hate? It's so sad that people choose to see the world the way you do. I choose to just be happy this guy saved a bunny.

Load More Replies...
Maike
Community Member
4 years ago

is it okay that i cried because of this? i needed that.

peccavi
Community Member
4 years ago

Me too.

Load More Replies...
Eddy Jay
Community Member
4 years ago

Many People just do it to help Not to be famous... Great guy

Debbie Andersson
Community Member
4 years ago

Such genuine concern, when the bunny runs into the flames and he jumps from being nervous, good man right there.

Esther Torres
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg, this made me cry, what a hero and good for him for staying anonymous! That's the best reason to do something kind, it was just to help the rabbit and not for any recognition

Aoki
Community Member
4 years ago

what a lovely human being. Sad that this type is so rare nowadays

Blue Cicada
Community Member
4 years ago

It's human nature to reach out and help a fellow creature in need. That's called letting nature take its course.

Aurelia Grey
Community Member
4 years ago

Best Christmas present, ever.

Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

Even if the actual rescue was counterproductive because the rabbit was maybe just trying to stay close to its litter, the story is heart warming because of the obvious concern of someone for a suffering creature.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Because people choose see what to they want to see. Some people chose to see an act of bravery and compassion, and others chose to see someone doing something they believe could've been against the animal's best interests even if it was of the best intentions.

Load More Replies...
AntiSnowflake
Community Member
4 years ago

Why are you down voting facts stating that you should leave the animals alone? Is it because it's more important that you feel good about what you read instead of looking at the reality of the situation? Animals are very good at self-preservation and rarely need our help out of catastrophes. How about instead of weeping tears of joy over the guy's possibly risking his life and the lives of any babies the rabbit may have had, you do some research on the links that were provided on the comments you down-voted.

Otis Spunkmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

Great name!

Load More Replies...
Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

Since this was obviously a really nice thing he did. I am gonna say what went through my mind while watching it. Was he really saving the rabbit, picking up dinner? I know terrible, but thought it my give someone a laugh while enjoying a kind moment.

Kelli Marie
Community Member
4 years ago

AW! YES! I love this! Good for you sir!

Royalty
Community Member
4 years ago

Awww

Fuzzy Duckling
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't laugh to hard- this video made me cry.

DopethronePunkUK
Community Member
4 years ago

If i could buy this man 10 beers i would...and then another 10. His reaction at the beginning shows clear love and respect for animals, i hope to think i would act the same. Doesn't matter if its only a wild rabbit, all life is equal in my eyes. I nearly went over a cliff saving my dog from jumping straight over said cliff once (he was a puppy and i shouldn't of let him off his leash but fuckin hell did he get a fright too when he saw it was a long way down and i only just grabbed him before he went). Anyway hats off to this true MAN and HERO.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Even if this was not in the best interest of the bunny (maybe it's young were safe underground) the world would still be a lot better on aggregate if people's reaction was to always do what they feel is the most compassionate thing.

Flóra Varga
Community Member
4 years ago

Hero!

Dizzyaudiohh
Community Member
4 years ago

Thank you for rescuing that helpless bunny.. the bunny was probly so scared and you saved him. Thank you sir :)

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow brave guy, very sweet what he did. Risky. Cool that he declined being known

Qwertykeala
Community Member
4 years ago

That’s so beatiful I mean a rabbit, he pulled over to save him this man is what all people should be like having compassion for any living thing.

Jenni Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Why can't people be left alone.. just let him have that moment lol. Jeeeeesh!

Aaron Pie
Community Member
4 years ago

A Legend was born amongst people and rabbits with this act.

WritingPeak
Community Member
4 years ago

It is so touching! He is a nice guy and I wish there would be more such people

Sop Hie
Community Member
4 years ago

well hello there, 46

Hisseefit
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

I'm guessing he remained anonymous so his wife or family wouldn't know he risked himself for a rabbit. His own life may have been in danger from the wraith of his wife. Good man.

lazy panda
Community Member
4 years ago

Or he just wanted to do something good that he felt didn't require credit? Way to just assume that his wife would be pissed though. *eye roll*

Load More Replies...
James Johns
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Yumm. Dinner.

Jonathan Eatsalot
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

"Local animal experts warn that any wildlife spotted near a blaze should be left alone — especially desert cottontails like the ones common to Southern California. This is due to the fact that they are still giving birth to litters around this time of year and are typically keeping them safe underground in their burrows, according to Live Science."

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