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Rabbit Saves People from Fire

Rabbit Saves People from Fire

A pet rabbit alerted a woman her house was on fire by scratching her chest until she awoke. The woman then recognized her house was full of smoke and fled with her daughter. Sadly, the rabbit died later of smoke inhalation. The mother and daughter suffered no injuries from the fire in their southeast Alaskan home, and the damage was moderate.

Between fifty and eighty percent of deaths from fires result from smoke inhalation, instead of burns. According to FEMA, over 4,000 Americans die in house fires each year, with over $8 billion in damages. In 2009, over eighty percent of fires occurred in homes. The main cause of residential fires is cooking.

Depending on what is burning, smoke can contain toxic gases. Unless the floor is on fire, it is generally suggested that staying close to it reduces exposure to smoke and potentially deadly gases. Exiting a burning structure could be done by crawling, for example, to attempt reducing smoke inhalation.

Some people view rabbits as nothing more than useless fluff balls, and sometimes even eat their pet rabbits. The belief they are dumb is simply arrogant, though. Here is one of example of how they are perceived incorrectly, “And what about the second rabbit who persistently knocks the food bowl from his human hand? His blind spot is right below him, at chin level, where the human sticks the bowl. He’s hungry; he can’t find the food because the human has put it in one small place that he can’t see. So he takes charge of the situation and scatters the pellets around where he has a better chance of finding them.” (Source: hrschicago.org)

Image Credit: (CC) Larry D. Moore

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1:49PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Sorry to hear that the rabbit succumbed to smoke inhalation after warning the woman of the fire. Animals have a good survival instinct when it comes to do with anything to do with smoke, a sense of impending danger.

11:26PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Sense of animal stronger than sense of humans,Wonderful,Noted,thanks.

5:46AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

I had rabbits when I was younger. Very intelligent they were too.

3:20PM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thanks for sharing the story

9:23AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

poor bunny... :-(

8:01PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

This is so beautiful!! Im so sad that the poor rabbit couldn't make it :( He must be in heaven now :)

3:17PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

It's amazing that rabbits can get us to get going when we are in danger. We should listen to all living creatures.

8:20PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Thanks for sharing the story.

4:48PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Rabbits are wonderful (bud sadly very sensitive to some environmental factors- like smoke)

1:43PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

What a heroic little bun. So sorry his small body could not withstand the effects of the smoke. RIP with God little one. I'm sure your guardians miss you very much.

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