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A dog was saved last week when someone thought outside the box.

Millie, a 3-year-old Jack Russell-whippet mix, went missing after she slipped off her leash in Hampshire, England, on January 13, according to a Facebook post from Denmead Drone Search and Rescue, an animal rescue group in non-profit.

It took four days to rescue Millie, a 3-year-old Jack Russell-whippet mix.

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The group embarked on a four-day rescue attempt, but baby Millie kept disappearing, Chris Taylor, president of the Denmead Drone Search and Rescue team, told HuffPost via email.

The situation became serious when the pup was spotted on a mudflat with a rapidly rising tide near Emsworth on the UK south coast. If Millie wasn’t rescued soon, she would risk drowning.

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Drone footage of Millie stuck on the mudflats.

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A coordinated effort involving police, firefighters and others ensued, but Millie continued to defy rescue efforts. That’s when one of Denmead’s drone pilots, Dave Pike, came up with a creative solution: attach a sausage to a drone in order to lure Millie to safety.

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The sausage, attached to a drone.

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“It was a crazy idea,” Taylor told the Guardian. But in an act of desperation, the drone rescue team calculated how much weight their vehicle could hold and, after a quick thought, thought it was their best shot.

“One of the local residents on the beach we were flying from provided us with the sausages – I think they were from Aldi,” Taylor told the Guardian. “The woman cooked them for us and we tied them with twine.”

Fortunately, Millie took the bait and was brought to a safer place where she could be rescued safely.

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Millie with a belly full of sausages after being rescued.

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“Millie was extremely brave,” Taylor told HuffPost. She also seemed very happy to see her humans.

“Millie was on her back licking [her owner] everywhere,” Taylor said.

After Millie’s little adventure, she was taken to the vet “and is completely fine,” the rescue group said on Facebook, adding:

“Lots of TLC and rest [was the] only thing prescribed.



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