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Senator rescued hamster.

Senator John Kerry once rescued his children's pet hamster from the sea and gave it the kiss of life, his daughter Alexandra has said. Ms Kerry, aged 30, told how during a family sailing trip, the cage containing their pet, Licorice, was accidentally knocked overboard to a 'watery doom'.

She was speaking to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, introducing her father to delegates who officially nominated him as the party's presidential candidate.

Ms Kerry told how for most families there would have been an impromptu 'funeral at sea' for the pet and tears.

But she told how Mr Kerry leapt into the water, hooked the cage from beneath the water's surface with an oar and administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the tiny rodent.

She added: 'The hamster was never quite the same after that but he lived.'
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 31, 2004
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