Mick Hussin has saved a couple of animals with CPR. The first time was about ten years ago, when he saved a malnourished Great Dane-Rottweiler puppy. He said the puppy had worn its paws down to the bone trying to escape from a concrete enclosure. This time, however, it was a much larger animal.
Hussin was relaxing with a beer in hand, on the northeast coast of New South Wales when he saw a young swamp wallaby (called a joey), struggling to say above water. It had been chased into Belongil Creek by two dogs, and could not make it across.
“To be honest I don’t know why, I just had to go in and get it. I thought I might have been wasting my time,” he told ABC North Coast.
He ran in, and grabbed the wallaby by the tail. He then brought it to the bank of the creek, where it lay limp. Hussin had recently completed a CPR course, so he had some knowledge of what to do, and put those skills to use. “I used my hand as a funnel and blowing into its mouth, put it on its side, and after about 10 minutes it started to move its paw a tiny bit and then vomited and started to come back to life,” he said.
As the wallaby started to come to, he created a makeshift pouch with a few towels to comfort and dry the joey. He also contacted WIRES, the Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization.
WIRES named the joey Lucky, after it survived the near drowning thanks to Hussin’s quick action. The organization is treating it for shock and will keep it for another week before releasing it back into the wild, Hussin said. Lucky weighs about 3.5 pounds.
“I don’t plan these things,” he said, “but it’s a good feeling when you do.”