Lifeguard farmer saves drowning prize rooster
WILMOT - A prize chicken's life is spared thanks to a young farmer's lifeguard training. The college student says he used infant CPR skills to save the drowning rooster.
The rooster informally named 'Frank' was getting a bath before his showing at the Kenosha County Fair. He lived to compete in that show thanks to 19-year-old owner Garrett Beth and Garrett's 18-year-old sister, Kate.
"We were washing up the chickens to bring them to the fair," Garrett told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.
The rooster started gasping for air.
"We set him on the ground because he’s probably not going to be OK," Garrett explained. "His eyes are flickering and he’s lowering his head to the ground."
“We could feel that it was bloated and you could hear the water inside of it," added Kate.
Garrett is a lifeguard and pre-med student at UW-Milwaukee.
"I was kind of hitting his chest over my knee and then Kate’s like, ‘give him mouth-to-mouth," Garrett said.
"I told him, you’re a lifeguard, you might as well give it a shot," Kate recounted.
The chicken coughed up water and survived seemingly unscathed. Frank went on to earn a red champion ribbon from the fair's poultry judges.
Unfortunately, this chicken’s ultimate fate is like the rest. He is up for auction and likely dinner-plate bound.