Right now, the fires in California are the deadliest in the state’s history. Over 1,000 people are missing. Obviously, most of the firefighter’s attention is getting those fires out so they can search for the lost. In these moments, we know, though, that thousands of animals are also on the run and have lost their homes. Recently, some firefighters from Sacremento took the time to help a couple of distraught donkeys on the run — and we are proud to bring you their story.
Here at Animals Being Cute, we want to give these men the attention they deserve. It takes a special person to take the time in the middle of a crisis to help those with no voice.
As of this writing, the fire, titled “Campfire,” still rages. It started near Paradise, California and burned nearly the entire town to the ground. But it didn’t stop there. Since then, the fire has raged on claiming the lives of both humans and animals.
Firefighter Chris Harvey was with the Fire Chief Gary Loesch when it happened. The two men were driving down the road in Paradise to investigate an accident that resulted because of a downed tree. That’s when the two men came upon the pair of distraught donkeys on the road.
First, the firefighters were shocked that the donkeys survived at all. All around the two animals, the fire left nothing untouched. Yet, somehow, these two brave donkeys made it through.
Though, according to the firefighters on the scene, they were not doing well. Harley noticed that the two animals seemed dazed, confused, and distraught.
“We pulled over to let them pass, and saw that they looked very tired, worn out, and thirsty,” Harvey said, “I tried to give them some water in my hand from the water bottle, but it kept spilling out.”
HELP FOR THE DONKEYS
When the two men approached the donkeys, they noticed something else. These donkeys needed far more than just water. The poor things were starving.
And just like any good hero will do, the firefighters grabbed their lunches. They both found that they had an apple for the hungry donkeys and they forked them over without giving it a second thought.
“They ate the apples quickly and seemed grateful for the snack,” said Harvey. “We called base camp and had them dispatch animal control officers to get the donkeys.”
Not only did the firefighters give them comfort in their time of need, but they also gave the donkeys a fighting chance. They called animal control to pick the donkeys up and keep them safe.
Now, we don’t know if the donkeys will be able to be reunited with their family. However, we do know that they are safe, fed, and cared for while everything gets sorted out. And it’s all thanks to two courageous men who could have just continued down the road that day.
We want to thank the dedicated men and women putting their lives on the line to fight these fires. We want to give a special shout-out to the officers like Chris Harvey and Fire Chief Gary Loesch who take the extra steps to help our four-legged friends too.
Share this story with your friends to thank these brave men for doing the right thing — even though it cost them time and their lunches.