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California Wildfires: People and Animals Try to Dodge Crisis

Stories and photos coming out of the conflagrations in the West are compelling and heartbreaking

Conservative actor James Woods, who has arguably done more for families, groups and individuals struggling in the California fires crisis than perhaps anyone else thus far, shared a heartbreaking picture on his Twitter feed early Sunday morning showing a giraffe struggling in the aftermath of the fires.

“My friend Kathryn Segura has worked for the welfare of animals all her life. She sent me this photo of Stanley, here having found safe harbor. I’m guessing this will become an iconic image of the

The giraffe known as Stanley is shown in the top left portion of the image at the top of this article.

While some people are claiming the image might have been photoshopped, the fact is that Stanley has his own Instagram feed — and was a resident at a Malibu-based vineyard-turned-safari, and one of the most popular at that.

“Stanley’s Instagram account confirmed late Friday night that Stanley is, in fact, safe. Malibu Wines’ management team and animal trainers are currently on-site feeding and caring for the animals,” ABC7 noted.

Even some of the Kardashian sisters worried about the animal’s fate.

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In response to that tweet and that image, people have been pouring out their sympathy, concern, and appreciation for all those who are helping their fellow citizens.

“WOW, what an amazing image! The hair on my neck stood straight up! Thanks for sharing!” wrote one person.

“It’s nice to know there are many caring people. The picture is unbelievable,” said another.

“Stanley is a beautiful reminder that God is in control and watching over those most vulnerable. Prayers for all those in harm’s way,” said still another.

“Why are animals held of higher importance than humans? If Planned Parenthood were selling puppy parts instead of baby parts then they would be shut down immediately. Fact,” wrote someone else, taking a far different tack.

And still another person, angry about the damage, the destruction, and the hardship others are experiencing, wrote, “Truly hope that the people in California will stop and realize that it is the leadership in the state that have a lead role in why these fires occur.”

Related: Fire Crisis in California: At Least 23 Are Dead

Officials said that as of early Sunday morning, some 23 people had lost their lives in the fires — and that “powerful winds are expected to sweep through California on Sunday, exacerbating three major fires that have killed at least 23 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents,” CNN reported.

The outlet also noted that the Camp Fire in northern California “quickly became the third-deadliest and the most destructive fire in state history, while the Woolsey and Hill fires in the southern part of the state forced thousands of residents into shelters.”

President Donald Trump sent out this tweet yesterday:

Many people have been helping on social media to reconnect lost family members with their loved ones, while others have reached out in other ways to offer shelter, food, and other assistance to those in need.

James Woods, an outspoken conservative and a supporter of Trump, has been providing a ray of hope in a country that continues to hit by bad news and divisive encounters of all kinds.

The actor’s recent efforts have been applauded, and rightly so, by people on both sides of the political aisle.

Donald Trump Jr. saluted Woods for his selfless efforts toward others in this fire crisis, especially for the fact that he was at one point trying to help actress Alyssa Milano, an outspoken leftist.

Milano tweeted that she needed someone to help move her horses, as they were in danger.

Woods retweeted Milano — and asked if anyone could help her.

And check out this video:

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Maureen Mackey served as editor-in-chief and managing editor of LifeZette for nearly five years. Before that, she held senior editorial positions at major publications, helping The Fiscal Times win a MIN Award for Best New Site as managing editor and Reader's Digest win an American Society of Magazine Editors Award for General Excellence as book editor. Her work has appeared in Real Clear Politics, CNBC, A Fine Line, AARP Magazine, Yahoo Finance, MSN, Business Insider, and The Week, among other outlets. She is a member of the Newswomen's Club of New York and the American Legion Auxiliary.

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