A heroic SAS soldier rescued a special forces attack dog by giving the dog the kiss of life.
The fighter rushed to the aid of Victor, a three-year-old Belgian malinois, who had suffered an attack and stopped breathing.
And the soldier took him to safety and started giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in a desperate attempt to save his life just as his team had eliminated a suspect compound of the Islamic State in Iraq.
After about 40 seconds, the dog started coughing and almost immediately got to his feet.
“There was an explosion and when the dust was gone Victor was lying on his side and unresponsive,” a source told Daily Star on Sunday.
“Everyone thought the poor thing was dead, but Victor is a very brave animal.
“As soon as he got to his feet, he wanted to start fighting again. It is as if he were saying “Repayment time”.
“He was very fortunate not to have suffered splinter injuries as that would have been a different story.”
SAS dog handlers are taught first aid to animals and treat injured animals in action as if they were treating a fellow soldier.
At least four SAS dogs are believed to have died during operations in recent years.
The Belgian Malinois are the favorites among special forces units around the world for their intelligence, strength, endurance and courage.
Known as Malis, they are trained to attack enemy fighters and assist in house cleaning and urban warfare.
Special forces dog handlers are all trained SAS members who volunteer to work on the unit.