Hero stops his car to rescue rabbit from wildfires in California
A hero risked his life by stopping his car and saving a tiny rabbit from the intense wildfires ripping through parts of California.
In incredible footage of the rescue, the man races towards the animal but then appears visibly upset as it apparently raced towards the flames.
The man puts his hands on his head in despair and jumps up and down, but then tries to coax the rabbit back to safety.
He gets dangerously close to the wildfire before dropping to his knees and scooping up the animal, holding it in his arms to calm it down.
The man has been hailed a hero for stopping his car to save the animal in La Conchita, a small town just north of Los Angeles, on Wednesday.
KABC reported that he did not want to be interviewed by the news photographer that filmed the rescue.
The powerful fires have swelled to cover 140 square miles of land, and officials fear they could yet worsen.
For the first time, a purple alert was issued due to the extreme danger posed, with forecasting predicting winds of up to 80mph which would fan the flames.
Cal Fire, which is responsible for fire safety, tweeted: ‘As expected winds have increased dramatically, stay alert and prepared in case of evacuations. If you feel unsafe, evacuate.’
It is thought that 12,000 buildings are in danger, including multi-million dollar mansions in wealthy communities such as Bel-Air.
The Thomas fire, currently the largest in California, has killed at least one person in the area about 45 minutes outside of LA.