VIRAL VIDEO: Man saves squirrel with CPR

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How far would you go to save a squirrel?

When Chris Felix, 19, of Minnesota, thought he hit a squirrel with his car, he got out and performed CPR to save its life. The video of Felix saving the squirrel’s life has gone viral.

“I was just helping out the squirrel, you know,” said Felix, who is an animal lover. “… “I was like, well you know, you never get see this. I was there trying to help it out, you know. Something little means a lot in the long run.”

He said he stopped his car, put on gloves and started tiny chest compression as two police officers on patrol stopped to see what he was doing.

“Is he giving him CPR? I think it is. Look at him,” said Deputy Chief Mark Bruley, of the Brooklyn Park Police Department.

“How often you come across a story where you see a police officer come upon somebody doing CPR on a squirrel?” he said.

Felix said it took nearly 20 minutes before the squirrel got up and ran away.

The officer high-fived. 

“You saved his life, dude!” the officer said.

“Help out little things. You know, little things matter,” Felix said.

Bruley praised Felix for saving the squirrel.

“Just the humanity of it. It wasn’t just a police officer and a citizen there. Those were just three people enjoying the moment,” Bruley said.

Officers from the Twin Cities Police Department, however, remind citizens to bring wounded wildlife to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

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