Man Resuscitates Tiny Squirrel Found Floating in Arizona Pool

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A pool repairman’s resuscitation of a small ground squirrel that was found floating in an Phoenix pool has garnered them both a bit of fame.

Rick Gruber placed the tiny animal over a pipe and squeezed its sides in an attempt to get it to spit out whatever it had swallowed. Gruber’s hour-long YouTube video of his rescue efforts was posted last month and originally aired on Phoenix television station KTVK.

“He looked like he needed help, and I figured he hadn’t been in there for very long. I figured I could try to pull him out and try to see if I could bring him back to life because there was still a chance he hadn’t been in there for maybe a minute,” Gruber said.

After a few minutes the seemingly unconscious animal hiccuped and began walking around. They fragile-seeming creature was a round-tailed ground squirrelCNN reported. The animal resembles a small prairie dog, but the species are not related.

Gruber called the “little guy” that he saved both a “tough little prairie dog” and a “squirrel.” After the animal was revived, he scurried back into the Arizona desert.

Although it was originally reported that the man administered CPR, the methods used were not consistent with the medical procedure’s definition.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly described to the animal’s species. The story has been updated.

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