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Kevin Knott usually spends his days collecting bottles off the street in order to pay just one day’s worth of rent.

He’s homeless. And with the cold weather starting to move into Edmonton, his priority is just to get a roof over his head once the sun goes down. You wouldn’t expect someone with so little to act in an incredibly generous way. After all, most of Knott’s energy is spent just trying to keep himself alive. But when he was collecting bottles at a Home Depot recently, he noticed an injured snowy owl resting on the pavement. He immediately took off his own jacket, wrapped the animal up to keep it warm and asked the store’s manager to call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.

“When I hear of somebody that does this much to help an animal in distress, it makes me cry,” WRSE Animal Care Manager Elizabeth Malta said. “But that he was homeless, and that he did it was even better.”

Unfortunately, the snowy owl Knott tried to save was too injured to survive.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, however, then allowed Knott to release another snowy owl into the wild, who had been previously injured.

“It’s the highlight of my year, that’s for sure,” Knott said, shortly after setting the animal free.

A volunteer from the society also donated boots, a jacket and a gift card to Knott. But he insists his good deed was never done for a reward.

You can learn more about this heartwarming story in the video, above.