If you were looking for an excuse to get (or renew) your CPR certification, here’s a good one: you might just save a life, like animal hero Mick Hussin recently did while he was on holiday. While lounging on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, he saw two dogs chasing a small animal towards a creek, and when he got up to investigate, he realized that they had driven a baby wallaby, or joey, into the water. The small animal struggled to swim across, but only had the strength to make it half way.
Another person might have let nature take its course, but Hussin dove into the water after the joey and pulled it out, bringing it to the safety of shore. Unfortunately, it had stopped breathing, so he initiated CPR — a skill he had only just learned. He kept at it for almost 20 minutes, according to an interview with the media, until the joey was able to breathe independently.
His next step was to make a warming pouch to help the little critter recover, and then to call WIRES, an animal rescue group that has the equipment and training to care for orphaned joeys and other animals in trouble. Hussin did all the right things in this case by rescuing the joey, making sure it was stable and then turning it over to trained helpers who could make sure it got the care it needed to survive — and it is apparently thriving, according to the updates he’s been receiving from the animal care center.
Now christened “Lucky” after the rescue, this is one wallaby who’s probably glad Mick’s boss made him learn CPR!
If you don’t already love this guy, how about this: a decade ago, he found a puppy locked in a concrete enclosure, left to scrabble in a puddle of water, showing obvious signs of malnutrition. As with the wallaby, he didn’t hesitate for a minute, choosing to dive right in and rescue the dog because he didn’t want to witness another minute of suffering. That puppy, now a full-grown adult Great Dane mix, lives with Hussin and his partner.
Mick Hussin sounds like a pretty stand-up guy when it comes to animal welfare, and his actions are a reminder to the rest of us that sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time to make a big difference in someone’s (or some creature’s) life. When you see animals in distress, if you can safely intervene, do so. If you can’t, call the authorities and get help.
Photo credit: Frankzed.