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09/05/2018 06:10 SAST | Updated 09/05/2018 06:10 SAST

WATCH: Engineer Saves Puppy Using Drone

They had us at: "Engineer saves puppy"... 😍

When drones aren't making our lives hell by crashing into nearby trees, they are actually doing some real good around the world.

Over the weekend a video was shared showing New Delhi engineer Milind Raj rescuing a tiny puppy which had become trapped in a deep drain by the side of the road.

The Indian engineer was able to mock up a rudimentary claw and harness within just six hours. and then lift the puppy to safety using his drone.

Using his experience in AI and robotics, he used his own six-rotor drone as the starting point. From there he built a claw with built-in sensors to monitor the puppy's heart-rate and make sure the claw wasn't gripping it too tightly.

Once he had completed the prototype, he was ready to begin the rescue operation. According to Raj the puppy was in a state of shock after falling in, so he was able to loop the harness around it with relative ease.

If you think a drone can only be used for saving infant animals, then you would be mistaken.

Earlier this year video footage was released showing one of Australia's lifeguard drones successfully helping to rescue two swimmers who got caught in rough seas in New South Wales.

The drone, part of Australia's 'Little Ripper' fleet of lifesaving drones, was being used as part of a training exercise, when a call came in that two swimmers were reportedly struggling in the heavy surf.

Within minutes of the alert, supervisor Jai Sheridan was able to find the two swimmers, hover above them and then deploy the inflatable life raft.