Quick Thinking Driver Narrowly Avoids Hitting Animal On Race Track And The Internet Falls In Love


In a sport where milliseconds can make or break you, one driver made a big difference and saved an animal's life by making a split-second decision to slow down.


On June 29th, The Dodo reported that racing driver Yannick Mettler had managed to brake, swerve and avoid killing a squirrel after she ran out onto the racetrack he was driving on.


Source: Youtube/Auto Addiction


The incident happened while Mettler, a BMW driver for FK Performance, was in the middle of a race at the Nürburgring track in Germany and going at over 100 mph. Despite this, he explained that the decision was simple:


In these moments you don't have time to decide, you just react. 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.


Even after slowing for the tiny creature, Mettler still managed to win his race and has been praised extensively online by animal-lovers from around the world.


Source: Facebook/Yannick Mettler


Thanks to Mettler's quick thinking and compassion, the risk-taking rodent managed to dart across the tarmac and into the grass on the other side of the road completely unharmed (but perhaps a bit less likely to do it again).


Watch the video of the narrow escape below:




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