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Giving CPR to Earth's longest living creatures?

Wallaby CPR, Pigeon CPR, Koala CPR, Squirrel CPR, House Fly CPR... Now Turtle CPR?

OK - tortoises are actually the long, long living creatures, but here's some fun info on Turtle CPR... I Gave Mouth to Mouth to a Turtle: 

We (Alabama Natural Heritage Program) are currently trapping Alabama Red-bellied Turtles (Pseudemys alabamensis), a federally-endangered species, in south Alabama, to estimate their population size. We occasionally capture other species as well, such as Florida Cooters (Pseudemys floridana). Earlier this summer (2014) we captured a Florida Cooter that had apparently drowned in the trap. I placed it on the bottom of the boat so we could later preserve it for a museum collection. After about 20 minutes I noticed one of its legs move. So, I started some modified mouth-to-mouth procedures and was pleased when the turtle became alert and took a breath. I repeated the procedure several times. We kept the turtle on the boat for an hour to let it recover before we decided it was ready to be released. Filmed by Olivia Sylvester.

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Giant tortoises are famously long-lived: The oldest ever known was Tu’i Malila of Tonga Island passed away at 188, while Adwaita in India was at least 150—possibly as old as 250—when he died in 2006. The Galápagos tortoise Harriet, known as “Darwin’s tortoise,” survived to around age 176. She passed away in 2006 at the Australia Zoo in Queensland.

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