Sausage drone: Millie the dog rescued in England after volunteers lured her with flying meat
Millie, a rescue dog, slipped her collar and went missing on Thursday January 13 while walking in Hampshire, southern England.
Alerted by its concerned owner, the voluntary organization Denmead Drone Search and Rescue (DDSAR) installed a drone to follow Millie.
After traveling a great distance, the dog was stranded on mudflats that can be flooded at high tide, 20-year-old DDSAR volunteer Stefani Dennis told CNN.
The volunteers first traveled on foot and by kayak in an attempt to get closer to Millie, who is a Jack Russell/Whippet mix.
Coastguards, firefighters and police also tried to help catch him, Dennis said.
But because she was so scared, efforts to get close to her risked pushing her even further and potentially into danger.
On Sunday, one of the volunteers had an idea: why not hang sausages from the drones and lure Millie to safety from a distance?
A neighbor helps – by frying sausages
“One of the guys [called Dave] said, as a last resort, why not try attaching a sausage to a drone?
“It was day three, she had been there on the mudflats for two days,” Dennis told CNN.
“One of the neighbors who lived near the beach came out and said she would cook them for us. She was under a lot of pressure, she must have felt like the world was on her shoulders,” Dennis added. “But those sausages were obviously very tasty.”
The neighbor also provided the twine, and the team of volunteers set about tying the cooked sausages to a number of drones, sending them spinning.
“The string was tied around the body of the drone and around the sausage to hang it down about two or three meters – it was very difficult to gauge how far you were from the ground, but it worked somehow. ‘another one.
“People were walking by and not knowing what was going on, it was hilarious,” she said.
Once the sausage took off and approached the dog, Millie started sniffing the air and trying to grab it.
“She was very hungry and grabbed it at one point – and almost took the drone with her, she got about half a sausage.”
Millie followed the sausage off the mudflats, onto safer ground.
But her escapade didn’t end there and she kept running, eventually ending up in an industrial area on Monday, January 17, where she was reunited with her owner.
“I think we all cried, I was so grateful that she came home,” Dennis added.
“The way the community came together saved Millie.”
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