Suspenseful video: Firefighters rescue dog from precarious cliff

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The 80-pound-dog named Smoky was chasing a squirrel Monday afternoon when he leapt into some bushes and apparently slipped into the crevice at Palisades Park, just blocks away from the Santa Monica Pier.

Check out the dramatic video of Smoky's rescue, below.

And, while we are celebrating heroic animal rescues, here are a few more recent ones:

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