CPR not enough to save gator at Ohio zoo

- CPR was not enough to save a male alligator at the Columbus Zoo.

Zoo officials said the 28-year-old alligator had been under veterinarian care for a few weeks for a respiratory condition.

He became weak on Saturday and wasn't breathing. A photo taken by a guest at the zoo shows the team trying to revive the alligator by performing CPR.

"The animal care team administered CPR by turning him on his side for chest compressions, which was successful in saving his life," zoo officials said.

Despite their efforts, however, his condition deteriorated and he died later that day after he was transported to the Animal Health Care Center.

The alligator was about 300 pounds and 10 feet long.

Up Next:

Up Next

  • CPR not enough to save gator at Ohio zoo
  • Instead of giving ticket, officer helps fix broken tail light
  • No glasses? Build your own eclipse-viewing box
  • Eclipses of the past were calamitous, not celebratory
  • Family holds Christmas early for dad with terminal cancer
  • Woman's long-lost diamond ring found on carrot in garden
  • Eclipse enthusiasts create traffic jam in Oregon
  • Deputies: Florida woman drunkenly bites man's fishing line, swims away
  • Turn around! Bonnie Tyler to sing 'Total Eclipse' hit during eclipse
  • Powerball jackpot reaches $535 million