A BOY, 6, risked his own life to save his sister from a brutal dog attack, saying "it shouldn't be her who gets hurt".
Bridger Walker, from Wyoming, saw the dog and then deliberately stood in front of her sister before the canine bit him on his left cheek on July 9.
The boy required 90 stitches on his face as a result of his injuries.
Despite being wounded, Bridger help his sister hide from the dog, according to Newsweek.
"If someone had to die, I thought it should be me," the youngster reportedly told his aunt Nikki according to an Instagram post.
Bridger was stitched up and he is now resting at home.
The youngster's selfless act has gone viral as one of Nikki's Instagram posts has received over 200,000 likes and 11,000 comments.
Days later, Nikki visited the six-year-old at his home and he's said to be in good spirits.
"I just finished visiting Bridger at his home," the post read.
"His wounds are much better! He's in great spirits and his awesome personality is intact.
"He can't smile too widely yet but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him."
Remarkably, Nikki is not angry at the dog or its owners.
"I'd also like to mention here that the dog's owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family," read the post.
"We feel no resentment towards them at all, and if anything there's only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident."
Nikki thanked the public for their overwhelming support for the youngster.
"Once again, everyone's kindness has meant so much to us", she said on Instagram.
She hoped that some of her nephew's favourite superheroes would be able to send the little lad some encouraging messages.
Hulk star Mark Ruffalo admired the child's "courage" and "heart", news.com.au reports.
"Real courage isn't dominating people or fighting against people like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow," the actor commented.
Social media users asked whether there was a GoFundMe page for the little lad but Bridger's family said that donations should be made to veteran groups Wounded Warrior Project and Mission 22.
His family urged people to send in photos of rocks as Bridger loves geology, it's believed.
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