Bridger Walker, a 6-year-old Wyoming resident, is going viral after he saved his little sister from a dog attack.
On July 9, the young boy jumped in front of a dog that was running to attack his sister, according to his aunt Nikki Walker on Instagram.
Nikki Walker explained that the dog attacked Bridger Walker instead, landing him in the hospital with about 90 stitches on his face. Despite being bitten on his left cheek, the young boy was able to help his sister move away from the dog and hide, Nikki Walker continued.
“After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, ‘If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,’” her July 12 caption reads.
The boy was treated by a “skilled plastic surgeon” and is now resting at home, Walker said.
Her post had been liked more than 202,000 times at the time of this article’s publication and received more than 38,000 upvotes on Reddit.
The Family Feels ‘No Resentment’ Toward the Dog Owners, According to Nikki Walker
Nikki Walker recently updated her original post clarifying that the family feels “no resentment” toward the dog owners.
She wrote that the incident brought both parties together.
“I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family,” Walker wrote in the edited caption. “We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident.”
Walker also mentioned that Bridger is in “great spirits” and that “his awesome personality is intact.”
Donors Are Encouraged to Donate to Military Support Groups Rather Than a GoFundMe
Walker also mentioned that the family is asking for donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, a group dedicated to helping injured military veterans, or Mission 22, a nonprofit geared toward preventing suicides by former service members, in place of GoFundMe.
“Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe,” Walker said in an update. “Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp.”
In a third update, the aunt indicated that she is creating a post where others can share pictures of themselves with “cool rocks” because Bridger is a “huge fan of Science, especially Geology.”
Walker added the rock post on July 14, featuring an image of a variety of colored stones.
“Let’s go on a rock hunt! As you’re out and about, be sure to take pictures of any cool rocks that you see,” the caption reads. “Be sure to tell him what state or country the rocks are in. Thank you again for all the love. #BridgerStrong”
The picture has received more than 15,000 likes so far.