MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Body cameras from a Twin Cities police department captured officers giving high-fives to a young driver after he appeared to successfully give CPR to a stunned squirrel.

The video was posted Thursday afternoon to the Brooklyn Park Police Department Facebook page. In an hour of posting, it had already amassed thousands of views and hundreds of shares.

Police say the officers were on routine patrol on Sept. 25 when they saw a young man bent down near the curb on the 6500 block of Hampshire Avenue. They stopped and got out of their squad car.

As they approached, the officers saw the young man, identified in the video as “good Samaritan,” touching a belly-up squirrel with a gloved hand, pressing a finger on its chest.

“Is he giving it CPR?” one of the officers says before answering his own question. “I think it is.”

The young man told the officers that he was helping the squirrel because he believed he hit it with his car, despite attempting to swerve out of the way.

However, the animal didn’t appear to be run over the car’s tire.

After a moment, one of the officers advises the young man to flip the squirrel over. Not long after, the critter begins to stir.

“There he goes!” the officer shouts, as the squirrel darts away from the street.

Immediately after, the young man begins to celebrate, high-fiving both officers.

“We’ll put you in for a life saving award,” one of the officers says.

At the end of the Facebook video, police added music from Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 hit “I Will Survive.”

The video also advises the public to bring wounded wildlife to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Comments (27)
  1. Jim Corridan says:

    Nice feel good story

  2. Kneave Riggall says:

    Minnesota Nice!

  3. Samuel Green says:

    Once a bee stings someone, the bee dies fairly quickly.

    A beekeeper friend of mine, that had just been stung by a honeybee, he quickly grabbed the thorax/abdomen before the stinger and venom duct pulled away from the bee’s abdomen , and I helped him manipulate the bee and his stinger to gently unlodge the barbs in the stinger.

    We then ever so gently pushed the barbs down, and the stinger back into the honeybee, and it flew away to sting someone else, another day.

    This was the first time either of us did anything so ridiculous, when the bee flew away it was funny as neither of us thought it would work.

  4. Good story. Much rather see this than the low IQ idiot protesters wailing about Kavanaugh.

    1. davagator says:

      You just had to ruin it by turning it political…

  5. Susan See says:

    This is how most human beings interact with nature. We all love little animals, or hurt animals, or baby animals. It’s our nature.

  6. Finally some good news being reported, unlike the all fake news all the time form the MSM and their daily “the sky is falling” story.

  7. People say there is a RACE problem. People say this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY and ONLY into White countries.

    People say the only solution to the RACE problem is if ALL and ONLY White countries “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against White people, Anti-Whites agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  8. For goodness sakes it is a lousy squirrel. I used to try to stop or dodge for them when they run across the road. One day i almost ran into a ditch. So I told myself are you going to risk crashing your car or getting rear ended and possibly getting injured for a stupid squirrel? No way! BTW stupid moron did nothing. It was stunned and would have eventually woke up and ran off.

  9. When an animal is stunned the proper treatment is to leave it alone. The trauma is to its tiny brain, not the heart or lungs. Birds fly into windows all the time and fall to the ground. If the animal’s neck is not broken it will self-resolve soon enough. If its neck is broken, there is nothing which can be done. But don’t attempt CPR or any other maneuver which will likely harm and/or tre-traumatize an injured animal which if left alone will quickly recover on its own.

  10. Stephen Herron says:

    It just so happens this is what squirrels do all the time. Its part of their adaptation to fake death as a means of fooling a predator. I have seen it myself many times in my own yard which is overrun by the little fakers. A dog or a cat will drop the squirrel when it thinks it is dead, giving him a chance at getting away.

  11. Lee Boyland says:

    Good news for a change. Hi Five.