It seemed, at first, that the animal had already perished, but then Barberi noticed something that gave him hope. The bird's beak was actually protruding from the surface — and she was still gasping for air!
"Each breath produced small circular movements in the water," he said.
Barberi wasn't sure if he should intervene somehow, or if it would be better to let nature take its course. Looking back, he said he's fortunate to have chosen to help.