Southern California residents are currently under siege. Wildfires are raging throughout the area and they are showing no signs of letting up. To date, the fire is responsible for consuming nearly 100,000 acres of land. Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, has declared a state of emergency as a result. The Thomas Fire began back on December 4.
Within 48 hours, the fire had grown into a full fledged nightmare. Those who reside in the area are being asked to evacuate their homes. Worst of all, they have no idea if they are going to be able to come back any time soon and they do not know if they will even have homes to come back to. This is not a time to try to be a hero. However, that did not stop one special man from going above and beyond.
He was making his way down a highway in Ventura County. The eerie sky provided quite the backdrop for his heroic actions. When he saw an animal that was in distress, he decided to intervene without so much as a second thought. Fortunately for us, another person who happened to be on the scene pulled out their phone and started filming.
The aforementioned animal had decided to dart across the highway and landed inside of a burning bush. If no one intervened, the helpless creature was at risk of burning alive. This man could have easily kept going and let the animal fend for themselves. He was not willing to be selfish in this instance, though. The witness was unable to figure out his true purpose at first.
As you take a closer look at the video, it all comes into clearer focus. The creature turned out to be a wild rabbit! The man was distraught when he first came across the burning animal and struggled to come up with a viable rescue plan. Luckily, he was eventually able to remove the rabbit from the brush. The video that was taken by the bystander eventually went viral.
The man did not want to receive any sort of recognition for his actions. He refused to give any interviews or provide his name. While it is always great to see someone risking their own lives to help an innocent animal, the fact that he did it without caring about Internet fame makes it even better. This story serves a shining beacon for a community that is currently struggling through a very dark time.