Lucky The Wallaby Saved From Creek By Recent CPR Trainee
Would you perform CPR on a wallaby? One Australian man was able to utilize his newly-learned rescue skills on a very unlikely victim.
Mick Hussin was on holiday in Byron Bay, New South Wales enjoying a beer when he saw a pack of dogs chase a wallaby joey into a nearby creek, according to NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
Hussin jumped into the creek and was able to grab the animal by the tail and pull it to shore. Hussin cupped his hands into a funnel and began performing CPR on the joey.
"I thought I might’ve been wasting my time, but I thought I would keep trying anyway," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
"After ten minutes of performing CPR, the wallaby’s hands started to move. It was the greatest feeling when I saw its paws move," Hussin said according to a WIRES press release.
Hussin dried the wallaby and wrapped it in towels before contacting WIRES.
“It is sad that a few seconds and the ability to deliver CPR is the difference between life and death. WIRES is very pleased that Mr Hussin chose to breathe the kiss of life into this beautiful creature,” the organization’s general manager said in a press release.
This wasn’t the first animal rescue operation for Hussin, who had only completed his CPR training a few weeks before saving the wallaby.
10 years ago, he rescued an injured puppy from a puddle. Now “it’s a 68 kilo Rottweiler-cross-Great Dane and still living with us … he could fit in your hand when we found him,” he told the ABC.