Watch Koala Brought Back to Life in Dramatic Rescue

PHOTO: The koala was nicknamed "Sir Chompsalot" after the rescue effort.
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Firefighters and wildlife workers in Melbourne, Australia, performed lifesaving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an unconscious, injured koala Thursday, a dramatic effort that was captured on video.

Rescuers dropped the koala from a tree to crews below holding a blanket.

PHOTO: An injured koala was dropped from a tree in Melbourne, Australia, as rescuers waited below, Aug. 21, 2014.
Steven Kuiter and Michelle Thomas/Animalia Wildlife Shelter
PHOTO: An injured koala was dropped from a tree in Melbourne, Australia, as rescuers waited below, Aug. 21, 2014.

A worker from the Animalia Wildlife Shelter performed mouth-to-mouth and rubbed the koala’s chest, while a firefighter from the Frankston Fire Brigade gave the koala oxygen through a tube.

“C’mon, wake up,” a woman said.

PHOTO: A worker from the Animalia Wildlife Shelter performed mouth-to-mouth on the koala.
Steven Kuiter and Michelle Thomas/Animalia Wildlife Shelter
PHOTO: A worker from the Animalia Wildlife Shelter performed mouth-to-mouth on the koala.

The koala eventually woke up, groaning – drawing relief from the rescuers, who nicknamed the animal “Sir Chompsalot.”

He was later taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.

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