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VIDEO: Driver stops to rescue bunny from California wildfires

Posted at 6:21 AM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 06:21:16-05

(NBC) - A wild rabbit received a helping hand from an animal lover who was evacuating from the fast-spreading California wildfires.

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In the video, the unidentified man can be seen struggling to chase down the bunny alongside Highway 1 in Ventura County.

The man isn't fast enough to grab the animal before it runs into the brush.

But he doesn't give up, moving in closer and finally snatching his new floppy-eared friend and carrying it to safety.

As of Thursday, the fires have burned more than 90,000 acres and evacuated more than 50,000 homes.

Firefighters say they are making progress, gaining five percent containment on the blaze.

Officials also plan on launching 11 helicopters and two planes to help the firefighters.

Fires have been burning in the rugged, steep terrain of Ventura County since Monday night, fueled by high winds.

Courtesy: NBC News Channel