VIDEO: Deputy hangs from chopper to rescue dog

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"Hang in there" became a message for both rescuer and rescued with this video. In California, a sheriff's deputy hung from a helicopter to rescue a dog off the side of a cliff. Check it out.

The video shows a rescuer motioning for the chopper to move him closer to the cliff, where the dog can be seen

The rescuer can then be seen lifting the dog as the chopper pulls them both into the air.

That canine cliffhanger was a black-and-white Labrador named Oreo.

USA Today reports she was stuck on a 2-foot ledge, 40 feet down a 90-foot cliff in Northern California — she couldn't move at all without falling.

Oreo's owner called 911 for help Saturday afternoon. The helicopter and team arrived within minutes, and the miraculous rescue itself took just a few minutes.

The chopper is called "Henry-1" and has several more rescue vids posted on YouTube. The sheriff's office says these animal rescues are especially important because if authorities don't get involved, bystanders might try to help and get hurt themselves.

The rescue team was also afraid Oreo might hurt rescuers since they were unfamiliar faces, but the Press Democrat spoke to the deputy who grabbed her. He says that wasn't the case.

"[He] started talking to the dog to reassure her ... 'The dog and I got to know each other real quick,” [he] said. 'I think the dog just wanted to be out of there.'"

In the end, Oreo was safely reunited with her happy owner.

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