In Zhong County, China, villagers have been saved from the infestation of deadly wasps by a fire-breathing drone.
This flamethrower which is remote-controlled was built by Blue Sky Search and Rescue after many stinging wasps came into the surrounding area, close to the Chongqing city.
These wasps, whose stings can cause cardiac injury, liver or renal failure, which in some cases could cause death within two hours, led to fundraising that saw villagers donate around 80,000 RMB, or about $12,250 to cover the cost of the drone, a petrol tank, a nozzle, and the assembly.
In a video released by Blue Sky Rescue, which conducts mountain search and rescue and other emergency services in the more remote parts of China, one can see the drone hover across to just one of over 100 nests and blast it with several gouts of flame, the ash and rubble falling to the floor, dispersing the deadly wasps.
While not the most eco-friendly solution, rural Chinese are often poor, underprivileged minorities living beyond the reach of modern medicine.