Sometimes heroes come in all sizes and ages. Such was the case in Brazil recently when a dog had been hit by a car in the city of Itajaí. The injured dog remained in the road after the driver who struck it drove off.
That was when 11-year-old Jean Fernandes, a brave boy who was passing by at the time saw the incident and made the decision to help the dog and bring it to safety. Jean then ran between the oncoming vehicles to pick up the helpless and hurt dog.
Luckily he was able to get the dog out of the middle of the street without any incidents or injury to himself or the dog. According to Jean's mother, Rubia Liliana Rose, this was not unusual behavior. She stated that her son loves animals and will rescue ones he finds abandoned or abused.
Amazingly, the whole incident was captured by photographer Rafaela Martins. His photos drew praise from netizens after Brazil's News Agency of Animal Rights posted the story to its Facebook page on Monday.
As for the injured dog, she has since been named Honey, or Mel in Portuguese. She is still in the care of vets at a local animal control center but is doing just fine, all thanks to a brave young man named Jean.