An infrared camera-equipped DJI Phantom 2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been credited with finding a wounded horse that had been missing for three days in Colorado.
Last Thursday, 29-year-old Houdini the horse escaped through a gate at an 800-acre ranch in Castle Rock, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Following a three-day “manhunt,” the report says, the owners of local company Multicopter Warehouse sent up their DJI drone on Saturday, when they faced several adversities: hot weather that interfered with the infrared camera’s capabilities – and even someone who used a gun in an attempt to shoot the UAV down.
On Sunday morning, the team successfully located Houdini stuck in the depths of bushes roughly half a mile from his home. According to the vet, had the horse not been recovered within the next 24 hours, he would have succumbed to his injuries, the article says.
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