Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Lizard CPR Earns 'Hero' Status

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Lizard CPR Earns 'Hero' Status

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A SUNSHINE Coast man and his nephew have used CPR to save a blue tongue lizard from being "a goner" after it was found floating in a swimming pool.

Dale Hall and his nephew Jayden found the lizard on Monday afternoon and estimated it had spent "a couple of hours" under water.

Jayden had given the lizard - now named Dusty - a bit of CPR and tried to empty the water out of it, before handing over to Dale.

"I carried it around for a while" Mr Hall told ABC Sunshine Coast.

He said he was so certain the lizard was dead that he spent 30 minutes digging a small grave for the seemingly drowned friend.

"I went to put it in the hole and it winked at me," Mr Hall said.

"I couldn't believe it. It was completely lifeless. It winked at me. It was the only thing I saw. I thought 'Hang on: it might be a goer still'."

Mr Hall then hung Dusty upside down and stroked his belly to encourage more water out but his hopes of a miracle soon faded. …

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