One student in Michigan saved the life of a squirrel in dire need of breath after it almost drowned, all thanks to a life hack she learned from “The Office”.
Freshman Natalie Belsito of Central Michigan University knew what she had to do upon seeing the animal struggling for air, after it fell in a nearby pond. Thanks to what she picked up from Dunder Mifflin manager Michael Scott (played by actor Steve Carell in the series’ United States iteration), the student managed to extend the life of the squirrel by performing CPR.
Belsito managed to take a video of her saving the squirrel’s life, as seen in this Twitter video she uploaded last Wednesday. As of this writing, her post has garnered 265 retweets and over 1,4oo likes.
— nat belsito (@natbels7) March 29, 2018
She first spotted the squirrel by the pond and observed it. “It definitely was drowning because it was really slow when we saw it and it started to dip its head under the water” she told university newspaper Central Michigan Life. “I went down there with a hockey stick to try to pull it out, but that wasn’t really working.”
Luckily, a man who passed by helped Belsito by pulling the squirrel out by the tail. But with too much force, it flew into the air and hit the cement.
Right at the moment she was saving the squirrel’s life, while admitting that she did not know how to perform CPR, she remembered the scene when Scott was demonstrating it on a mannequin while singing the Bee Gees disco hit “Staying Alive”.
“Honestly, when I was doing it, I was thinking of the episode of ‘The Office’ when they do CPR,” she was quoted in the paper. “I was literally singing that song as I tried to do it.”
After trying for an hour, Belsito was successful as the squirrel regained consciousness. She then wrapped a towel around it, placed it in a cardboard box, and dried him with her hair blower.
Her persistence paid off. Belsito recalled, “He started to calm down and was breathing normally and wasn’t twitching anymore.”
Belsito then freed the squirrel, as seen at the end of the video were it sprung back up and ran fast into a tree. She said: “I was not expecting him to be alive.” Katrina Hallare/JB