Firefighters rescue hamster family from a fire, revive them with oxygen
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:44 AM - Firefighters in Washington State really took "above and beyond" to heart while battling a blaze on Friday.
When the men, from the Lacey Fire Department, entered the home, they found two adult hamsters and three baby ones in the living room.
According to reports from KTLA, the two adults seemed all right, but one baby was not moving and two others were "sluggish."
Those two were placed in an oxygenated plastic bag, while the unconscious baby was fitted with a tube from a oxygen kit.
"Oreo", "Madonna" and the baby hamsters being treated with oxygen. LFD3 crews have animal rescue and aid equipment. pic.twitter.com/CFruyYH5PS— Lacey Fire (@LaceyFireDist3) September 26, 2014
"We have a whole aid kit we use in house fires that fits dogs and cats. We don’t have anything that small, but we’re pretty good at improvising,” Battalion Chief Hulse told KTLA.
Yes. Our crews are trained and specially equipped to care for animals that have been rescued from a house fire. pic.twitter.com/Vj2lxP2Ybt— Lacey Fire (@LaceyFireDist3) September 26, 2014
One of the four didn't make it, but the others were apparently doing fine.
Fire now out. Family of hamsters rescued and receiving care from our fire fighters. pic.twitter.com/kW0UFyBs8p— Lacey Fire (@LaceyFireDist3) September 26, 2014
The incident happened at a mobile home around 3 p.m. local time, according to the LA Times, and the fire seems to have begun in the laundry room.
The fire happened while no one was home, and the homeowner's two children were at school.
It seems the children really love their pets. Firefighters found them in the living room, next to a "marriage certificate" filled out in crayon.
"Apparently they were married ... The family had made a marriage certificate for Oreo and Madonna. It was pretty cute,” Hulse said in regards to the adult hamsters.
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