Lucy the dachshund was at home recovering today after spending six days trapped in a badger sett.
The pet was out walking with her owners John and Janet West at Burley in the New Forest, Hampshire last week when she decided to explore the sett and disappeared eight feet down it.
After whistling and calling for several hours, Mr and Mrs West feared the worse but called the RSPCA and a rescue operation involving specialist animal rescuers swung into action.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service obtained a special licence to dig into the sett after five-year-old Lucy's whimpers were heard and a mechanical digger finally freed the dog after six days. See the moment she was pulled out the hole in the picture above.
Guest house owner Mrs West, 60, from Burley said: "I saw her little nose pop out, she shook her head and crawled out of the hole. She saw us and her tail started wagging."
Rescuers used listening equipment and a snake-eye camera to examine the network of tunnels but at first could find no sign of Lucy.
Then on the fifth day Mr West, 58, heard a faint whimper and the digger was called in last Friday.
The sausage dog only suffered a bald head from burrowing and was given a clean bill of health from a vet.
The couple said they will be making a donation to Hampshire Fire and Rescue's Animal Rescue Team to say thank you.
Lucy the dachshund pulled out of badger sett after six days - pics - mirror.co.uk