A six-year-old boy in Wyoming hailed as a hero for saving his little sister from a dog attack.

Heroes come in all ages. And this young boy who saved his sister from a ferocious dog attack proves just that.

Six-year-old Bridger Walker from Cheyenne, Wyoming, was playing with his sister when an angry German shepherd dog approached them.

And Bridger knew what to do to protect his younger sibling.

He intentionally threw himself in front of his sister, ensuring he was the subject of the attack and not her.

Nikki Walker, the Boy’s Aunt, Took to Social Media to Tell Her Nephew’s Heroic Story

The dog bit Bridger several times on his face and head as he pulled his sister to safety.

He was then rushed to intensive care, where he received 90 stitches.

Writing on Instagram, Nikki said:

“He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister.”

View this post on Instagram

Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans EDIT: I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home. His wounds are looking so 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. 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. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident. EDIT 2: Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe. Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp. Bridger is also a huge fan of Science, especially Geology. So I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see. EDIT 3: Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us. I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time. For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, here’s the address to use: Bridger Walker P.O. Box 22141 Cheyenne, WY 82003 #BridgerStrong

A post shared by Nikki Walker (@nicolenoelwalker) on

Nikki’s post included photos of the siblings and Bridger following the attack, with bruises and multiple stitches on his face.

Nikki said that when she asked Bridger why he stepped in front of the dog, he said:

“If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.”

Bridger’s Recovery

Nikki explained Bridger was treated by a “skilled plastic surgeon” following the attack. The young boy is now recovering at home.

She said in an update post:

“[Bridger’s] wounds are looking so 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.”

Bridger’s Story Has Received Millions of Shares and Likes, Even from Celebrities

Nikki’s post has since gone viral, attracting some attention from superhero movie stars.

So far, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo has responded, as well as Captain America star, Chris Evans.

Mark Ruffalo wrote on the comments:

“People who put the well-being of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart.”

“Real courage isn’t dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do, and doing it even when it might hurt you somehow.”

Anne Hathaway, who played Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, also dedicated a post to Bridger.

Hathaway wrote:

“I’m not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when I see one. I can only hope I’m half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger.”

Robert Downey Jr has also joined his Avengers co-stars Tom Holland and Chris Evans with a special message for Bridger. He has promised ‘something special’ for the boy.

If you’d like to support Bridger and his family, you can donate to Mission 22 or Wounded Warrior Project.

You can also send Bridger rocks, science and geology books, and messages of support and well-wishes.