A Victorian holidaymaker has resuscitated a swamp wallaby named "Lucky" by giving it mouth-to-mouth.
Mick Hussin was having a beer on Belongil Creek near Byron Bay in NSW when he was alerted to the wallaby's struggle, the Northern Star reported.
Chased into the water by a pack of dogs, the helpless creature was beginning to sink.
Mr Hussin raced down to the creek and retrieved its by then limp and unconscious body.
He then began CPR on the 1.6kg joey, using skills he had learned during a first aid course.
"My girlfriend [a nurse] was saying, 'There's no way you're going to get it back," he said.
"It was pretty much gone.
"I don't know why I kept going. I just felt like there way a possibility; I just felt so bad for it'."
After 10 minutes he was almost ready to give up when Lucky stirred.
Mr Hussin held the joey close to his chest until animal rescue volunteers arrived to collect it.
It was the second time Mr Hussin had come to the rescue of an animal in need, after he took in an abandoned puppy, also named "Lucky", 10 years ago.
Source: Northern Star
Author: Chloe Ross, Approving editor: Nick Pearson