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New Arsenal Signing Alexis Sanchez Once Saved a Rabbit from a Wild Boar

Chile's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJuly 11, 2014

New boy Alexis Sanchez is already seen as a saviour of types after signing with the North London outfit from Barcelona. 

In case Arsenal fans needed any more reason to love the Chilean star, he once rescued a rabbit that had been attacked by a wild boar and nursed it back to health. 

Its name? Alfonso. 

Per Sport in a 2013 interview (via Who Ate All The Pies):

A few months ago I was coming home with my Mom. We saw (an injured) rabbit on the street. It's an area visited by wild boars looking for food. 

We saw the rabbit (run off) and my brother and I went out to find where he was. We were looking for this rabbit for half an hour, but it was a good training for us. 

Finally, I covered the animal with a towel and now I have Alfonso in my house. 

More than once I've returned back home before training because I forgot to feed the rabbit! 

So there you go: excellent footballer and a lover of animals. 

Here's Sanchez' girlfriend, Laia, holding Alfonso. 

[Who Ate All The Pies]

 

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