The next day, nature took its own – the parrot was found dead in a cage.
Certified Emergency Medical Officer Chelsea Steiner conducted a reanimation of the parrot of her friend Rebecca Figueroa at home. The bird stopped breathing, but revived after the procedure and died only in a day – for natural reasons.
On May 14, Steiner came to visit his girlfriend in Maryland. The girl works as a manager in Domino’s Pizza, but in her free time she works as a paramedic volunteer to learn practical skills.
When, one day, Figueroa and Steiner returned to the house, the yellow parrot Twitch fell face down into a bowl for food. He looked dying, so the girl had to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
At first I was like, “What?”. The parrot was in my hand and he just stopped moving. But then I thought: “Oh my God, I’m a certified paramedic, I know what to do.”
While Steiner was trying to reanimate the parrot, her friend was recording the whole process on video. The girl acted the same way as with people: she turned the bird on her back, stretched out her legs and started pressing on her chest – tiny movements of fingertips. Then she bent down and began to breathe “mouth to mouth”.
Figueroa and her neighbor laughed at her friend’s focused gaze, but Steiner continued to save Tweety with a serious look. In just half a minute the parrot came to himself and rose to his feet.
I did it, but I did not think it would work. My friends laughed, considering this an absurdity. They were shocked. So do I.
The Washington Post interviewed the veterinarian of Cornwall University James K. Morrisey about the reliability of the video. He noted that Steiner conducted an effective resuscitation: she did rapid movements corresponding to the speed of the heartbeat in birds.
She did it correctly, speaking of resuscitation of small birds at home. The parrot reacted like a bird that lost consciousness and woke up. They are predator victims, so its answer was to try to fly away.
However, despite the fact that the bird came alive after resuscitation, the next day, Tweety again found on the bottom of the cage. This time dead. Steiner noted that “nature has found its way.”