Introducing Bridger, the beloved real-life superhero of the internet. This 6-year-old captured the hearts of people online virtually overnight when his aunt shared the remarkable tale of how he bravely protected his younger sister from a dog attack. Despite suffering multiple bites to his face and neck, Bridger selflessly intervened, earning him widespread recognition and admiration from both ordinary people and celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Winston Duke from Black Panther.
Nikki Walker, Bridger’s aunt, took to Instagram to recount the extraordinary act of heroism by her nephew, stating, “My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He put himself in harm’s way to shield his sister from harm.” Walker further disclosed that Bridger later confided in his family about his thoughts during the terrifying incident, saying, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”
In another Instagram post, Walker provided more details about the incident, explaining, “On July 9th, my six-year-old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by placing himself between her and a charging dog. Despite being bitten multiple times on his face and head, he courageously took his sister’s hand and ran to ensure her safety. After receiving around 90 stitches from a skilled plastic surgeon, he is now recuperating at home. We adore our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this newest addition to their ranks.” Walker proudly shared that despite his injuries, Bridger remains in high spirits and is thrilled by the outpouring of love he has received online.
Reflecting on her visit to Bridger’s home, Walker shared in a subsequent Instagram post, “I just finished spending time with Bridger at his house. His wounds are healing well! His spirits are high, and his wonderful personality remains unchanged. While he can’t smile widely yet, he was beaming as I read him some of your comments. I also want to mention that the owners of the dog have been incredibly kind to Bridger and his family. We hold no animosity towards them, and if anything, this incident has only strengthened the love between our families.