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Valley man saves drowning ground squirrel

PHOENIX — A ground squirrel owes one Valley pool man a very tiny handshake.

According to, Rick Gruber found the critter shortly after it fell into a backyard pool.

“He just looked like he needed help and I figured he hadn’t been in there for very long,” Gruber explained. “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.”

Gruber is no expert on rodent resuscitation, but figured if he squeezed gently he would find the animal’s lungs.

It took about an hour, but the little guy seemed to make a full recovery.