Crews from the Desert Hills Fire Department (DHFD) were fighting a section of the 7,000-acre fire near Lake Havasu City when, much to their surprise, a lone donkey - frightened but alive - emerged from the burning forest. Amazingly, he seemed to understand the firefighters could help, which they did by cooling his singed body with water from their hose.
"We have many wild donkeys living in the area, so we're very used to them here. They're normally quite skittish, but this one was not," DHFD administrator Jeanne Kentch told The Dodo. "This one followed the firefighters. It's like he knew, 'If I stick with you, I'll be safe.' He kept following them around."