Man Restores Faith In Humanity By Saving Rabbit From California Wildfires

This hero couldn’t leave this bunny in danger.

By Catalina Barrios


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This year of 2017 has been filled with a lot of hard to read news. Luckily, there have also been many stories to restore our faith in humanity and our world.

One of the best lessons my grandma taught me was to help others. She said if you do good deeds, great blessings will come to you.

What would you do if you were on your way home and saw someone in danger? Would you stop to help or ignore the situation and continue on your way?


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19 year old, Oscar Gonzalez, seen by many as a “hero”, was driving home through the Southern California fires after work when he and his friend saw a rabbit running along the burning Highway 1. The massive fire has forced around 190,000 people out of their homes.


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Gonzalez saw the rabbit jumping and decided to rescue the animal. He stopped on the road wearing only shorts and a hoodie and raced after the animal. As you see in the video, this “hero” paces anxiously trying to figure out how to rescue the rabbit from the burning fires. What would you do?

“I love animals myself, I didn’t want the rabbit to go through the fire,” said Gonzalez to NBC News. Gonzalez said at the beginning the rabbit was scared but then it jumped straight into his arms and allowed him to carry it to the other side of the highway where there were no flames.


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Despite comments from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife saying Gonzalez should not have interfered to help the rabbit, Gonzalez insisted in saving the animal and said he saved the whole “rabbit family.”


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The brave 19 year old man has received an outpouring of positive messages through Social Media, making his video viral. “I knew it was dangerous but I couldn’t leave them to burn!” said Gonzalez.


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In the end he saved the rabbit and happily went home to his fiancée and daughter.

Remember, in a time of natural disaster, it is important to stay safe. Leaving water out for wilds animals and making sure you keep your pets collared with their info up to date are two smart steps.