A billionaire's cloned dog leaped to the rescue of an elderly couple after his drone malfunctioned mid-air and plunged from the sky.
Mini Vader, the $144,000 (£111,563) pup that Alki David sourced from Dr Olof Olsson’s Korean-based cloning lab SwissX, earned his jaw-dropping price tag with a mid-air rescue that unfortunately left his owner with a nastily-gashed hand.
David says that he bought a “huge” drone and was flying it on Malibu Beach in California on Friday.
But it malfunctioned and he lost control of it.
The mini-helicopter began to spiral towards a senior couple, strolling obliviously along the sand. “It was speeding for them and that beast is like a helicopter,” he told Daily Star Online.
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He said: "A lovely old couple were walking along the beach, having a romantic moment, I suddenly realised the out-of-control drone was shooting straight for them.
"The propellers were spinning hard and I had a terrifying image of what was about to unfold. I raced down the beach towards them but thankfully the dogs, Vader and his perfect young clone Mini Vader, were ahead of me.
"Mini Vader caught my eye and somehow seemed knew what to do. Just before the drone came down on the back of the heads of the couple Mini Vader leapt like a kangaroo and caught the underneath of the drone.
"He pushed it towards me and I reached out. Unfortunately it hit my hands hard and there was blood shooting everywhere.
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David sustained serious cuts to his hands as he snatched the mini-copter from the air.
He added: "The funny thing is the couple kept walking on, oblivious of the miracle, this all happened behind them so they’d no idea of the comical horror unfolding – or that the angels were smiling on them.
"Mini Vader may have cost me a fortune, he is the world’s most perfect clone, but he has paid back every cent back because he saved their lives. My hands paid the price.
"The doctor said one centimetre higher and the blades have have severed key nerves, rendering my fingers useless. My girlfriend, Leila, who would have missed those fingers, raced me to the hospital.
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"She was amazing and made sure I didn’t lose too much blood. The dogs were barking and upset, we all travelled together.
"I immediately went in for surgery. I had ten stitches, two areas had to be stitched. I'm strong like Donkey Kong."
David is no stranger to the headlines. He was filmed last month enjoying a spliff on his private jet with boxer Mike Tyson. The same jet that David allegedly used to fly £1m worth of cannabis into the Caribbean island of St Kitts back in May.
David was arrested and charged with intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the federation when he landed in the country
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He was released – after paying the $350,000 (£271,160) bail – on condition of returning to a courthouse on the Caribbean island on September 23.
The tycoon obliged and was told he had until February 2020 to prepare for a criminal trial.
- Mike Tyson
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