British troops reunite Estonian dog with owner 08022022 CREDIT NATO Battlegroup Estonia
'Socks'the dog with his British Army rescuers (Picture: NATO Battlegroup).
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British troops reunite Socks the dog with owner

It was a happy ending for 'Socks' after British soldiers found him in sub-zero temperatures in their training grounds.

British troops reunite Estonian dog with owner 08022022 CREDIT NATO Battlegroup Estonia
'Socks'the dog with his British Army rescuers (Picture: NATO Battlegroup).

A lost dog is now safely back at home after British troops worked with locals to find his owner.  

The animal, nicknamed 'Socks' by his rescuers, was found in the soldiers' training grounds in freezing conditions in Estonia, after going missing for days.

British soldiers, deployed as part of the annual NATO Winter Camp in the country, cared for the dog and worked with local authorities in the Baltic country to reunite him with his owner.

Captain Styles, one of the rescuers, said they are "glad that his story has a happy ending".

He said: "It was a privilege to find and locate Socks with my team today, returning him to safety and reuniting him with his owners."

About 900 British soldiers work alongside allies from Belgium, Denmark, and France in Estonia, as well as host nation forces in joint exercises during the NATO Winter Camp.

Temperatures in the Eastern European nation regularly drop well below zero, with heavy snow also adding to the formidable weather.

Elements of the Parachute Regiment and the Yorkshire Regiment, together with colleagues from a number of other cap badges, are currently deployed as part of the NATO Winter Camp, with the Royal Tank Regiment based in Estonia for longer as part of Operation Cabrit.

The operation is the British contribution to NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) across the Baltics and Poland.