When a team of rescuers from one Australian animal rehabilitation center laid eyes on a young swan that had gotten caught in some fishing wire, most of the rescuers thought there was nothing they could do to save the poor animal.
“We received a call this morning about a juvenile swan caught in fishing wire. We raced out to rescue him and on arrival thought we were too late, a lifeless, cold and stiff body lay before us,” the Melbourne-based rescue group, Warriors 4 Wildlife, said in a post on their Facebook page.
But when the group noticed the swan moving its eyes, they rushed him back to their clinic since there was a chance they could save him. During the ride over, the swan was struggling to stay alive so 15-year-old Joshy Martin resorted to extreme measures to revive him. “Joshy Martin decided to give the swan mouth to mouth and help to keep it warm… it worked!!” Warriors 4 Wildlife said.
Thanks to Joshy’s quick thinking, the swan started breathing on its own and survived long enough to get to the clinic where the team gave him oxygen and an IV drip. The swan, who the team named Clokey, has been recovering and gaining his strength ever since and the group hopes to release him back to the wild within a few weeks.
“If we were a minute later in getting him out of the water, and if Joshua hadn’t given him mouth- to-mouth (resuscitation), he would have died,” said Carla Penn, who runs the rescue center and is also Joshy’s aunt.
Watch the entire video below to see the precious moment this teen brought a dying swan back to life.
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[Featured image: Warriors 4 Wildlife]