Phoenix man saves drowning prairie dog


PHOENIX (CNN/KTVK) — A Phoenix pool repairman went beyond the call of duty when he spotted a small prairie dog floating in a backyard pool.

He pulled him out and started giving the little guy CPR.

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

You can see here, Gruber put the prairie dog over a piece of PVC pipe and started gently squeezing its sides to get it to spit out the water it had swallowed.

After a few minutes, the little rodent let out a hiccup — and started to breathe.

Gruber stayed with him for about an hour until it was up and moving – watching as it scurried back into the desert. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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