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Colorado man gives chick mouth-to-mouth

UPI News Service, 04/15/2005 

A Colorado man says that he brought a young chicken back from the dead by giving it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Uegene Safken of Collbran told the Grand Junction Sentinel he found the chick -- purchased a few weeks ago for $1.50 -- floating in a tub of water. The young bird appeared lifeless.

Safken first tried swinging the bird by its legs to get the water out of its lungs and then began blowing into its beak. He also tried yelling "You're too young to die" at the Buff Orpington.

The newspaper says that Safken's girlfriend, Denise Safford, kept telling him to give up because the chicken was dead. But, whether it was the swinging, the mouth-to-mouth or the verbal encouragement, the chicken started showing signs of life and chirping.

A local vet told the newspaper it's unlikely the chicken had water in its lungs, which operate differently from humans, because then revival is almost impossible. But the vet said the bird was probably unconscious and that Safken saved its life.

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