Mum to the res­cue

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOW­BRAY nurse Beth Salleras saved the life of her cute and fluffy al­bino guinea pig by giv­ing the tiny pet mouthto-mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion af­ter a three-me­tre python had “squeezed the life out of her”.

The drama un­folded when Bella’s daugh­ter Fauve, 10, was awo­ken around 4.30am last Thurs­day by the Snowflake’s fright­ened squeals, and ran to find the guinea pig be­ing stran­gled by a large python.

She im­me­di­ately alerted her par­ents, both med­i­cally trained, who ran down­stairs to try and save the furry fam­ily pet.

“My hus­band Steve rushed to se­cure the snake, cov­ered it’s head and we re­leased Snowflake, once we got her out of the snake’s grip she was just ly­ing there limp and life­less,” Beth said.

“While he held the snake Steve, who is a doc­tor, in­stinc­tively urged me to give mouth to mouth and my im­me­di­ate re­sponse was to re­ply, ’Are you se­ri­ous’.”

With­out fur­ther hes­i­ta­tion Beth, cer­ti­fied in CPR, fas­tened her mouth over Snowflake’s mouth and nose, ad­min­is­tered a cou­ple of breathes and then started com­pres­sions.

“I ad­min­is­tered CPR as I would sim­i­lar to a new­born baby,” she said.

“Af­ter giv­ing breathes and do­ing com­pres­sions she gave a few breathes, but her breath­ing was very, very raspy.

“We didn’t know if she’d be okay, so we moved her box to our room to keep an eye on her and prayed for the best - she seems to be per­fectly fine now.”

Daugh­ter Fauve is very pleased to have her beloved pet in one piece.

“I’m so glad I woke up that night,” she said.

“As soon as Snowflake got over her ini­tial shock, she came run­ning straight to me for cud­dles.”

QUICK-THINK­ING: Nic-Nak Shed co-or­di­na­tor Mel Boon

TO THE RES­CUE: Beth Salleras and daugh­ter Fauve with Snowflake

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