Mouth-to-Muzzle Resuscitation: German Mom Administers CPR to Baby Tiger
A medical student visiting a Halle zoo on Thursday used CPR to rescue a baby tiger choking on a piece of meat. The cub survived -- making him just the latest carnivore cub in Germany to be saved by human hands.
First came Knut, then Snowflake fever. Both baby bears would have died if humans hadn't stepped in. But Germany's recent obsession with fuzzy white cubs might be just the tip of the iceberg.
Janine Bauer was watching the zoo's big cats with her son, Johann, when the four-month old tiger began to choke. "The little baby tiger was gnawing meat off a bone. All of a sudden he couldn't breathe and lost conciousness," said Bauer, according to the daily newspaper Bild.
A zookeeper rushed to the cub's side, but his hands were too big to pull the offending strip of steak out of the young tiger's throat. So Bauer, a medical student, left her one year-old son in his stroller and rushed into the enclosure.
"It was like just like an infant," said Bauer. "It took four or five endless minutes, but then the tiger was growling again."
In gratitude, the zoo's director announced that the tiger would be named Johann -- just like Bauer's son.
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