The 21-year-old admits he panicked while trying to get the frightened rabbit to safety.
“In the video that everybody sees, I was going crazy because she was screaming,” he told “Inside Edition.”
The rabbit suffered burns to its ears and feet.
Although some criticized the rescue, saying that a wild rabbit surely didn’t need human assistance, Wadman’s risky decision is getting support from Dr. Duane Tom, director of animal care at the California Wildlife Center.
″This rabbit needed to get medical attention,” he told “Inside Edition.”
Both Wadman and the rabbit are safe, but the rescue still sends chills down the spine of Wadman’s mom, Shari.
“I started to cry, actually. That was very kind of him, but then I saw how close he was to the fire,” she told “Inside Edition.”