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PHOENIX, Az. -- It takes a special kind of pool repairman to save the life of an animal found in one of the pools he is tending to.

One Phoenix pool repairman did just that, when he spotted a small prairie dog floating in a backyard pool.

He pulled him out and immediately went into action by giving the little guy CPR in order to revive him.

'He looked like he needed help, and I figured he hadn't been in there for very long. I figured I could try to pull him out and try to see if I could bring him back to life because there was still a chance he hadn't been in there for maybe a minute,' said Rick Gruber the prairie dog's new hero.

You can see in the video, Gruber put the prairie dog over a piece of PVC pipe and started gently squeezing its sides to get it to spit out the water it had swallowed.

After a few minutes, the little rodent let out a hiccup and started to breathe, and about an hour later the prairie dog was up and moving, and scurried back into the desert.

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