Pool Guy Saves Drowning Squirrel’s Life With CPR

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The heartwarming story of a man who saved a drowning squirrel’s life by giving it CPR is capturing the attention of people around the world.Rick Gruber, a pool man from Phoenix, Arizona, found this little ground squirrel drowning in a pool he was working at. After fishing it out, he began giving it CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), though he was careful not to use his mouth – for fear of being bitten or catching a disease.Eventually, the squirrel showed signs of life. All in all, he spent about an hour with it before it finally felt good enough to scamper off into the wilderness.“I would do [CPR] for anybody. A rodent, a dog, a cat, anything,” the compassionate pool guy told.

Pool guy Rick Gruber, from Phoenix, Arizona, was on the job when he fished this little guy out of the water

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He started by trying squirrel CPR, squeezing its sides in an attempt to find its lungs

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He didn’t go so far as to give it mouth-to-mouth, saying he didn’t want to be bitten or catch a disease

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Eventually, the little guy showed signs of life. He opened his eyes and coughed up some fluid

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“I would do [CPR] for anybody. A rodent, a dog, a cat, anything,” said the pool guy

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Gruber set the squirrel out to dry as it surveyed its surroundings

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Here are some of his last sights of it as it scampers away. Hopefully it won’t be going for a swim anytime soon!

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Here’s the full 1 hour of footage from Gruber’s ordeal:

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