When a vicious dog rushed to the little sister of Bridger Walker, his first instinct was to act as a human shield-a decision that probably saved the life of the little girl.
During the July 9 assault, the six-year-old was severely mauled himself-but his valiant actions ensured that his sister was saved.
Little Bridger received horrendous injuries and required 90 stitches – but now people around the globe are praising his selflessness on social media after his aunt paid tribute to the boy.
“My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog,” proud aunt Nicole Walker posted on Instagram, along with a series of photos of the tight-knit siblings..
“He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister.
“He later said, ‘If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me’. He got home from the hospital last night.”
Ms Walker added that while she felt it was a “long shot,” she reached out to actors who had played Avengers characters on the big screen – as well as other “heroes” – so that they could “think about this new addition to their ranks.
“She later tagged actors including Tom Holland, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Vin Diesel, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.
The post attracted an outpouring of emotion and support for the bravery of Bridger, with users of social media describing him as a “absolute legend” and the “best big brother”
Later Ms Walker updated the post to add that she “never expected the story of my sweet nephew to touch so many.”