Leopard in danger of extinction receives CPR from an off-duty police officer after being hit by a car

An out-of-service police hero saved an endangered leopard (above) with CPR after being hit by a car in western Taiwan

This is the poignant moment in which a leopard cat in danger was saved by an off-duty policeman after he was hit by a car.

The delicate feline was found lifeless on the road by a resident of Tongxiao Township, Miaoli County, western Taiwan, on July 15.

The residents picked up the injured cat and handed it to the off-duty police officer Lee Chien, who lives nearby, and hastened to take him back to the Wumei police station.

An out-of-service police hero saved an endangered leopard (above) with CPR after being hit by a car in western Taiwan

An out-of-service police hero saved an endangered leopard (above) with CPR after being hit by a car in western Taiwan

During the filming, the police hero is seen massaging the cat's chest and giving him CPR according to the veterinarian's instructions

During the filming, the police hero is seen massaging the cat's chest and giving him CPR according to the veterinarian's instructions

During the filming, the police hero is seen massaging the cat's chest and giving him CPR according to the veterinarian's instructions

The feline was on the road by a resident of Tongxiao Township, Miaoli County, western Taiwan, on July 15.

The feline was on the road by a resident of Tongxiao Township, Miaoli County, western Taiwan, on July 15.

The feline was on the road by a resident of Tongxiao Township, Miaoli County, western Taiwan, on July 15.

The leopard in danger of extinction was then taken to the Wumei police station and was about to be pronounced dead when Lee called a veterinary friend.

The leopard in danger of extinction was then taken to the Wumei police station and was about to be pronounced dead when Lee called a veterinary friend.

The leopard in danger of extinction was then taken to the Wumei police station and was about to be pronounced dead when Lee called a veterinary friend.

The animal appeared to have been on the verge of being declared dead when Lee called a veterinary friend and asked him to explain how to save the small cat.

The images show Lee then massaging the leopard cat chest, giving him CPR following the veterinarian's instructions.

He was advised to massage the animal's heart for two minutes until fresh blood was seen through his nose.

With the help of the officer, the cat fortunately survived and was then handed over to the director of the Leopard Cats Association of Taiwan, Chen Meiting.

The police was advised to massage the cat's heart for two minutes until fresh blood was seen coming out of his nose.

The police was advised to massage the cat's heart for two minutes until fresh blood was seen coming out of his nose.

The police was advised to massage the cat's heart for two minutes until fresh blood was seen coming out of his nose.

Lee said: "The people who picked up the injured cat from the road helped to save it, I hope the drivers are careful not to hit the cats

Lee said: "The people who picked up the injured cat from the road helped to save it, I hope the drivers are careful not to hit the cats

Lee said: "The people who picked up the injured cat from the road helped to save it, I hope the drivers are careful not to hit the cats

The cat, which has been called Shihu, fortunately survived and was then handed over to the director of the Taiwan Leopard Cats Association, Chen Meiting.

The cat, which has been called Shihu, fortunately survived and was then handed over to the director of the Taiwan Leopard Cats Association, Chen Meiting.

The cat, which has been called Shihu, fortunately survived and was then handed over to the director of the Taiwan Leopard Cats Association, Chen Meiting.

The Miao County animal protection office confirmed that the leopard cat did not suffer any broken bones, but that it would not have survived his injuries if Lee had not performed the CPR at the police station.

Lee said that the leopard cat had been named Shihu after the miraculous CPR to save lives.

He said: The people who picked up the wounded cat from the road helped to save it.

"I hope the drivers are careful not to hit the cats." If they do, they should try to help them.

It's never too late to help an injured cat. This was very fragile but it is recovering. I hope I can go to a good home. "

Leopard cats are the only surviving wildcat species in Taiwan after the extinction of the formerly prominent Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura).

Approximately 60 percent of the leopard cat population, more than 500, live in the mountains of Miaoli County.

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