Firefighter Gives CPR—to Koala

Sir Chompsalot looks like he'll make it

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 22, 2014 11:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – It was a rough night for Sir Chompsalot: The koala was hit by a car, fled up a tree, then fell 30 feet into a blanket. Fortunately, a team of firefighters on the scene in Australia knew what to do. They "actually performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the koala," a fire captain tells Australia's ABC News. "One of the other members was actually pumping the koala's chest to get some movement in the heart and also get some air into the lungs at the same time." How did they know what they were doing? Well, one had previously done CPR on a dog, the captain notes. Sir Chompsalot, as fire officials named him, has been hospitalized and is expected to make it, the New York Daily News reports.

A six-month-old koala joey sits on her mother's back during a media opportunity at Duisburg Zoo in Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
A six-month-old koala joey sits on her mother's back during a media opportunity at Duisburg Zoo in Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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A video posted to Facebook featuring the CPR.   (Facebook/Steven Kuiter)

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