Swiss Army Deploys —to Spare the Beef

Cows are facing a weeklong heat wave, you see
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Swiss Army Deploys —to Spare the Beef
A Swiss Army helicopter delivers water from a reservoir in Marchairuz, Switzerland, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Soldiers have been ordered to keep cows cool amid a heat wave.   (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Cows sizzling under Switzerland's summer sun are getting help from an unexpected ally: the Swiss army. Soldiers have been ordered to help keep cows in the far west of the country cool amid a weeklong heat wave. Army spokesman Urs Mueller says troops are erecting eight artificial reservoirs in the Jura mountains to supply cows with drinking water. Mueller said today that Super Puma helicopters will scoop water out of nearby lakes and fly it up to pastures. The army last took on similar missions during the 2003 European heat wave that killed thousands of people. (Read more Swiss Army stories.)

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