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Watch a Thai soldier save the life of a tiny puppy by performing CPR

A Thai soldier saved a drowning puppy by performing CPR on Sept. 21. Here are other times humans saved animals. (Video: Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

It was a moment made for a Hallmark movie.

This week, a group of Thai soldiers found a drowning puppy in a flooded garage. By the time they arrived, the pup — just two days old — was floating on his back. He had already turned blue.

Then, Weeraphon Sukudom launched a last-ditch effort to save him. In a video, posted online by colleagues and viewed millions of times, the 25-year-old soldier gives the animal a heart massage and performs CPR. He had learned the lifesaving maneuver years earlier and had never used it before.

Friends cheer off camera. All of a sudden the tiny animal gasps and whimpers. Weeraphon had brought the pup back to life.

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In a very happy final twist, the soldier adopted the pup, naming him Champion. “It's very lucky we found him in time. It's like a miracle he's alive now. I'll look after him and feed him to get his strength back,” Weeraphon told the Daily Mail. “His brothers and sisters are all still alive. He just was the weaker one and was separated when the water went in the garage.”

Thailand has been inundated by flooding this month during a particularly nasty typhoon season. Across the country, people living near swollen rivers have been evacuated. On the popular tourist island of Phuket, roads are submerged and planes are grounded. In Bangkok, low-lying areas were flooded. Schools and businesses have been shuttered, and government officials are passing out drinking water, food and medicine.

This year has brought record rainfall. In August, a storm turned 10 of Thailand's 77 provinces into disaster zones. Rice fields were devastated. (The country is the world's second-biggest rice exporter.) Experts say at least $300 million in damage has been done. Scores of people have died because of flooding.

Thailand's ruling junta has proposed a 10-year water management plan, but it's still under review.

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