California Wildfire Hero Risks His Life to Save Wild Rabbit—Watch the Incredible Clip

California wildfire hero who saved rabbit goes viral
Firefighters battle a wildfire as it burns along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, California, December 5, 2017. RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty

A brave man filmed risking his own life to save a wild rabbit from near-certain death in the California wildfire has gone viral.

ABC News shared the footage, captured by RMG News, which shows the unidentified man chasing after the rabbit and guiding it to safety.

Man pulls over near La Conchita to save wild rabbit's life amid intense flames from the #ThomasFire https://t.co/e5UaqjzMhy pic.twitter.com/Qlk6oYWLs2

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) December 7, 2017

The ABC7 Eyewitness News Twitter account said the man pulled over his car in La Conchita after spotting the bunny in peril.

ABC said the man declined to be interviewed by the photographers who filmed him.

Footage of the man's bravery went viral on Twitter overnight Thursday, with actor and activist Rose McGowan tweeting: "This is what it means to be a man."

This is what it means to be a man https://t.co/PYto1roqc4

— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) December 7, 2017

Other social media users heaped praise on the mystery hero for his compassion and courage:

I just saw a video of a man saving a wild rabbit from the California wildfire and I started crying

— 𝔧𝔢𝔯𝔦 𝔤𝔢𝔫𝔫𝔞𝔯𝔬 (@REBELOFNYC) December 7, 2017

Cool I'm crying a lot

— Hannah McCarthy (@hihello_hannah) December 7, 2017

The fact that he declined an interview makes it even better. He was so gentle with the rabbit. 😭

— Jackie (@JackieMButler) December 7, 2017

Dear Stranger: EVERY woman I know, and several men, will now want to date you. Compassion for animals is very attractive! 😍

— MaskOn (@SuRoCDA) December 7, 2017

Thousands of people have fled their homes in southern California since fires broke out Monday and fanned across cities including Ventura because of strong winds.

"Our plan here is to try to stop this fire before it becomes something bigger," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday. "These are days that break your heart. But these are also days that show the resilience of our city."

On Twitter, good samaritans have shared information on how to help wild animals affected by the wildfire that may seek shelter in parts of California that are safe.

People suggested leaving out buckets of water for the animals to drink from.

Important info for people NOT affected by #LAFires but are in nearby areas. Wildlife are fleeing fire so authorities recommending you bring pets inside and leave buckets of water for wildlife passing through to safety. pic.twitter.com/5xknsOMPSB

— Hunter Burke (@iamhunterburke) December 7, 2017

Actor and comedian Jane Lynch also shared details of animal evacuation centers across the state to keep pets safe.

Here’s where to take you pets to keep them safe while the fire rage in So Cal. https://t.co/AsHvSQsX1j

— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) December 6, 2017