Don’t go by his age. Bridger Walker might just be a six-year-old but he is one brave kid. This little boy from Wyoming in the US recently got the much-deserved attention on social media for his heroic act of saving his four-and-a-half-year-old sister from a brutal dog attack.
Bridger’s aunt Nikki Walker started an Instagram page and shared the boy’s ordeal while posting adorable pictures of the brother-sister duo. According to the post, on July 9, Bridger jumped into action when a dog charged towards the little girl. While shielding his sister, the boy was brutally attacked and was bitten by the dog several times on his left cheek. Irrespective of the serious injury, he managed to grab his sister’s hand and safely pulled her away from danger.
Bridger received 90 stitches for his injury and is now resting at home. Bridger's aunty wrote in the post she shared about the attack that after getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. She also wrote that Bridger later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me," the post read. OMG is that a six-year-old talking?
Calling Bridger a hero, his proud aunt tagged the Avengers superheroes to let them know about the latest addition to their ranks. “I know it's a long shot, but I'm reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks," she wrote while tagging Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Vin Diesel among other actors.
And guess what? Mark Ruffalo aka ‘The Hulk’ took notice and commented on the post, saying that he respects Bridger and admires his courage. He wrote, “Dear Bridger, I just read about what happened to you and I wanted to reach out to say this... People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart. Real courage isn't dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow."
Even Captain America actor Chris Evans sent a heartwarming video message to Bridger and called him a hero. “What you did was so brave, so selfless, your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you," the actor told the boy. He even promised to send him a Captain America shield. How cool is that!? Watch the video -
Actress Anne Hathaway too noticed the story and shared it on her Facebook page. She wrote, “I’m not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when I see one. I can only hope I’m half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger."
Besides these actors, prayers, wishes and admiration have been pouring in from everywhere.
In another post that Nikki shared, she informed Bridger's well-wishers that he was doing much better now. She wrote, “His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him."
For people who are asking how they can help, Nikki said that Bridger is a Geology enthusiast and would be thrilled if people shared pictures of cool rocks that they see. In the latest Instagram post by her, Bridger’s parents Robert Walker and Telia Walker urged people to help with a greater need. They requested the well-wishers to contribute to charitable organisations instead.
Well, the young boy has definitely taken the internet by storm. All we can say is that he deserves every bit of this! Get well soon, Bridger!
Featured Image: Instagram/Nikki Walker