Man who ‘saved’ rabbit from wildfire probably made things worse


Driver pulls over to save the rabbit as blaze races through the highway

Raw video: good Samaritan stops to save wild animals and, as a large wildfire burns along Highway 1 in California.

The hoodie-wearing the “hero” caught on video rescuing a rabbit from the forest fires of California actually made things worse for the poor creature.

Local animal experts warn that there is no wildlife spotted in the vicinity of a fire should be left alone — especially desert cottontails, as usual, to the South of California.

This is due to the fact that they are still in the birth of litters around this time of the year, and usually keep them safe in their underground burrows, according to Live Science.

So in reality, while the video of the rabbit rescue is heart-warming, some say it really should serve as an example of what not to do if you were an animal in the vicinity of the flames.

“If there is a wild animal in our area, leave it alone,” California Fish and Wildlife spokesman Peter Tira told SFGate back in October when forest fires raged in Northern California.

“Fire or no fire, let the animals be,” he said.

The comments were in response to a Facebook post going around at the time to ask the local residents to provide water and shelter for all the wild animals in their yards.

“Fire is something that animals have to deal with constantly,” Tira explained.

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