In October 2019, a wildfire dangerously moved through Simi Valley, California. Residents were forced to evacuate from their homes and volunteers and firefighters risked their lives to save others. Everyone was concerned for the people fleeing from their homes, but what about the wild animals who also call Simi Valley “home”?
Thankfully, volunteers worked to quickly help evacuate a group of frightened horses who obviously didn’t know what to do to escape the fast-moving wildfires. However, it wasn’t just humans who helped save lives. A now-viral video captured the moment when a horse galloped back towards the flames to save two other horses. If there is a medal of honor for animals, this horse is definitely worthy of receiving that.
A Dangerous Wildfire
What started as a brush fire in Simi Valley turned into a raging wildfire, burning homes and forcing approximately 26,000 residents to leave their homes in Simi Valley, Moorpark, and Thousand Oaks. Nicknamed the Easy fire, the wildfire reached 1,723 acres. Raging winds threatened more individuals, and firefighters had to work tirelessly to stop the blaze.
“Unfortunately, it was about the worst time it could happen—40-mile-an-hour sustained winds and fuels that were ripe and ready to carry fire,” said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. Firefighters were ready around the clock to combat the wildfire. With wind gusts up to 60 miles-per-hour, the fire had to be contained, but it would come at a price.
Three firefighters were injured during the wildfire and two buildings were destroyed. Firefighters were honored as heroes. However, there was another hero we need to recognize: a horse.
Saving The Whole Family
Volunteers were rescuing a thoroughbred horse from the wildfire when the horse bucked away from the group. They were trying to help the horse, but the thoroughbred refused. They probably had no idea what was wrong with the horse, who just started running away from them.
The thoroughbred raced back through the thick black smoke, despite rescuers’ best efforts to stop him. He went back to save his “family” of fellow thoroughbreds, including a colt. The moment was captured in a video, which quickly spread on social media.
Flames could be seen around the brave horse as he raced to find his family. He knew he couldn’t leave them behind. He whipped his head and rounded the two others towards the rescue group. Once all of the horses were safe, the hero horse allowed the rescue crew to proceed.
It didn’t take long for the video of the horse running away from the rescue team to find his family of horses to spread on social media. Twitter users were enamored with the horse’s bravery and shared their thoughts on the heroic act.
For example, user (@JohnfromBton) commented, “They are better than us. Humans need to learn from our four-legged, winged and finned relatives before we are worthy to be here with them.” In addition, user (@MelissaLMRogers) said, “I always think about the animals in these events. Beautiful video. Precious animals. I hope they’ll all be safe.” We hope the horses stayed safe, as well.
Other Twitter users shared how they were crying while watching the video. User (@Welshwacko) said, “Oh boy…This gave me goosebumps…And some tears.” Another user (@louisemosire) reflected, “I’m not crying. You’re crying. I would watch this all day long.” Finally, user (@moosemas) said, “And this is another reason why I like animals more than people.”
Yes, animals always demonstrate their never-ending commitment towards each other and the humans in their lives. They’re brave and compassionate. Let’s learn from these animals. We never thought we would aspire to be like a horse, but this is an obvious exception.
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