Races like this one often come down to milliseconds, so Mettler's response was hardly insignificant. Still, he says he'd do it all over again.
"In these moments you don't have time to decide, you just react," Mettler told The Dodo. "It's a natural instinct of mine to avoid any living creature (without overreacting, of course, because this could put others in danger). I don't know why, but I've always managed to avoid any animal, even on the road when I drive at night sometimes. I definitely do have a heart for animals, so I guess that's part of the reason."
That attitude, and his actions, is earning Mettler plenty of praise online, where the video above has gone viral.