In news totally unrelated to me finding out that tortoises can’t actually swim or breathe underwater, it turns out that one rather creepy looking fellow was able to save his tortoise’s life by performing the kiss of life… for an hour.
45-year-old tortoise Freda gave her owner, retired postman John Fletcher, a bit of a shock on Saturday afternoon when he came outside to find his beloved pet at the bottom of a pond. John did what any loving pet owner would do, and endeavoured to help his little pal.
“I rang my daughter up because I was very upset, then about an hour later I decided to try and save Freda by breathing in her mouth,” he says. So, after an hour of talking on the phone, he now decided it was time to spring into action and get those lips on some tortoise.
“It must have been in there for at least an hour. I took it out and it was looking quite dead and limp. “I decided to put my own mouth around the head and give a few short blows having stretched its head out a little.”
“I first did it and about a teaspoon of water came out. I didn’t think much of it, I thought it was just pushed out by my air, but then her leg twitched.
“I thought it was just a nerve or something but I decided to try again and its head went in like a tortoise does when it’s scared.”
So, after making out with the tortoise for over an hour he proceeded to massage its chest and legs for ANOTHER hour until she finally came back to life. So, all in all, it took four hours of CPR to rise from the dead and I bet the poor thing probably wishes it stayed there.
Ah well, alls well that ends well, and it looks like Freda’s made a full recovery:
“Today, she’s eaten a quarter of a tomato and two lettuce leave so I don’t think she’s got brain damage.”
Source: The Independent
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