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On a sunny spring day in Phoenix, Ariz., Rick Gruber attended a pool repair call. He was going out to install a pool heater. However, what was a typical call for this repairman turned into an animal rescue one that dubbed Gruber as the “Squirrel Whisperer.”

Upon arriving at the pool, Gruber noticed something in the water: a drowning, round-tailed ground squirrel. Adrenaline kicked in and he did what any animal lover would do; he fished the poor squirrel out.


The poor fellow was barely conscious, so Gruber set out to do squirrel CPR. He laid the squirrel on a PVC pipe and tried his best to squeeze the water out of this little guy’s lungs.



The squirrel finally coughed up some water and got the air he needed, while Gruber laid him down to rest in one of his knee pads.



The squirrel finally recovered enough to get up onto its shaky legs, and surveyed the environment.


And then, once the little fellow gained enough energy, the squirrel ran off — probably frightened of the whole ordeal and will never try swimming again, no matter how hot the day was.


Watch the whole, 1-hour long rescue video below (taken from Gruber’s cellphone):

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188 comments on “Pool Repairman Saves Drowning Squirrel With CPR (PHOTOS)”

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Shiela Baudendistel
3 Years Ago

love this story...but does no one notice that it\'s not a squirrel but a baby prairie dog?

Dennis M.
12 Jun 2014

Did you know that a Prairie Dog is actually a Round Tailed Ground Squirrel??? They are the same thing!!!

Dennis M.
12 Jun 2014

This one is a Round Tailed Ground Squirrel easiest way to tell, THE TAIL IS LONGER THAN A PRAIRIE DOG which has a SHORT TAIL this one is a SQUIRREL.

3 Years Ago

Great story! Thanks for sharing!

Kevin Renshaw
3 Years Ago

I would

Anita Svensson Jensen
3 Years Ago

I would and I also pick up drowning wasps from the pool.

Orly Tyrkala
3 Years Ago

Awesome job Pool Guy! May you be blessed with good karma! :)

Lisa Simone Jackson
3 Years Ago

An antidote to all the bad news stories and cruel ness, inspiring

Michael Fonseka
3 Years Ago

Still have caring people....#1

Barney Lewis-Jones
3 Years Ago

This has enriched my day! What a legend!!

Cat Fish
3 Years Ago

A wonderful and rare person!

Martha González
3 Years Ago

He is so wonderful, intelligent and patient to wait her recovery. How sweet !


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