Rabbit rescuer claims its entire ‘family’ escaped wildfire

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(NEW YORK POST) – The hoodie-wearing man who was caught on video rescuing a rabbit from one of several wildfires raging across Southern California said Friday that he rescued the critter’s entire “family.”

Oscar Gonzalez, 19, spotted the furry critter on the side of the highway Wednesday, as he was driving a friend home from work in Sylmar, where a fire has been burning for days, he said.

“I have animals myself. I didn’t want the poor rabbit to get hurt,” Gonzalez told the DailyMail.com. “I knew it was dangerous but I couldn’t leave them to burn!”

The rabbit hopped into his arms, and he carried the creature across the highway to safety.

“I quickly picked the rabbit up and walked to the other side where there wasn’t fire,” Gonzalez said.

But while many hailed him a hero for scooping up the bunny, experts warned that wild animals should be left alone in blazes, especially desert cottontails, which give birth to litters this time of year.

Gonzalez insisted that the rest of the rabbit’s family is safe, as two other bunnies followed him.

“The rabbit’s family probably thought I was gonna hurt it [but] when I picked up the rabbit, they followed,’ he said.

Firefighters in Southern California are still battling six separate blazes, including two that broke out Thursday. So far, more than 500 structures have been destroyed in the fires, officials said Friday.

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