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VIDEO: Pool repairman saves squirrel with CPR

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:38 PM - When pool repairman Rick Gruber saw a ground squirrel drowning in a pool in Phoenix, Arizona, he went into rescue mode.

Gruber scooped the squirrel out of the pool, placed him over a pipe and attempted to resuscitate the little guy with CPR.

"I just gently pushed on his rib cage then squeezed his sides, thinking at some point I'm gonna find his lungs," he told CNN.

It only took a couple of minutes to get the squirrel breathing again.

Gruber then transferred his patient to a soft kneepad while it gathered its bearings.


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Eventually the ground squirrel -- which, according to CNN, is like a miniature prairie dog -- opened his eyes and then scurried off into the wilderness.

Gruber says he filmed the clip so he could show the rescue to his friends.

In the process, he revealed that he has a heart of gold.

"I would do it for anybody: a rodent, a dog, a cat, anything," he says of the rescue.

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