John Fletcher, of Gloucester, England, saved his drowning tortoise’s life with the kiss of life.
Unlike turtles, most tortoises can not swim, at least for more than a few moments. Somehow, the 45-year-old tortoise, named Freda, landed at the bottom of Fletcher’s garden pond and appeared dead.
Fletcher began to perform CPR on the animal with mouth-to-mouth. Because of the shell, it’s nearly impossible to do traditional CPR. Fletcher said he knew he had a shot when a little bit of water came out of the tortoise’s mouth, and he massaged her neck for an hour, all while warming her up with a hair dryer. Finally, Freda opened her eyes, and her leg twitched. Eventually, she began to move. Fletcher says that despite the ordeal—and perhaps having died and come back to life—within a day, Freda appeared to be the same girl she was before this happened.