Bizarre moment when injured cows are LIFT by helicopter to new pasture in the Swiss Alps

Flew to pastures! Bizarre moment when injured cows are LIFT by helicopter to new pasture in the Swiss Alps

  • Injured cows in Switzerland were flown to the bottom of an alpine pasture
  • About a dozen cattle were lifted to the Klausenpass mountain pass on Friday
  • The fit cattle of the 1,000-strong herd ran down the mountainside
  • The herd heads to Urnerboden in Uri, ready for an annual cow parade

Wounded cows in Switzerland have flown to the bottom of their alpine pastures in a bizarre spectacle.

About a dozen animals were lifted by helicopter from the pasture on Friday to the Klausenpass mountain pass, which is located about 1,950 meters above sea level.

The injured cows were suspended from a length of cable using a wire mesh harness and they were photographed dangling from a helicopter as they took to the air.

Injured cows in Switzerland have flown (pictured) to the bottom of their alpine pastures in a bizarre spectacle

Injured cows in Switzerland have flown (pictured) to the bottom of their alpine pastures in a bizarre spectacle

About a dozen animals were lifted by helicopter to the Klausenpass mountain pass on Friday, still about 1,950 m above sea level.

About a dozen animals were lifted by helicopter to the Klausenpass mountain pass on Friday, still about 1,950 m above sea level.

About a dozen animals were lifted by helicopter to the Klausenpass mountain pass on Friday, still about 1,950 m above sea level.

The injured cows were suspended from a length of cable using a wire mesh harness and they were photographed dangling from a helicopter as they took to the air

The injured cows were suspended from a length of cable using a wire mesh harness and they were photographed dangling from a helicopter as they took to the air

The injured cows were suspended from a length of cable using a wire mesh harness and they were photographed dangling from a helicopter as they took to the air

Farmers used guide ropes to safely land the cows before putting them in trailers – a form of transport the cattle are more familiar with.

The healthy and fit cattle of the 1,000-strong herd walked down the mountainside by themselves.

Farmer Jonas Arnold explained that reasons for transporting the cows by helicopter are that some pastures are difficult to reach by car and that cows cannot walk while injured.

Farmers used guide ropes to safely land the cows before transporting them in trailers.  In the photo: a cow is transported by a helicopter

Farmers used guide ropes to safely land the cows before transporting them in trailers.  In the photo: a cow is transported by a helicopter

Farmers used guide ropes to safely land the cows before transporting them in trailers. In the photo: a cow is transported by a helicopter

Farmer Jonas Arnold explained why the cows have to be transported by helicopter (above): some pastures are difficult to reach by car and cows cannot walk while injured.

Farmer Jonas Arnold explained why the cows have to be transported by helicopter (above): some pastures are difficult to reach by car and cows cannot walk while injured.

Farmer Jonas Arnold explained why the cows have to be transported by helicopter (above): some pastures are difficult to reach by car and cows cannot walk while injured.

A cow is transported by a helicopter from her summer home in the high Swiss alpine meadows near Klausenpass, Switzerland

A cow is transported by a helicopter from her summer home in the high Swiss alpine meadows near Klausenpass, Switzerland

A cow is transported by a helicopter from her summer home in the high Swiss alpine meadows near Klausenpass, Switzerland

The herd was flown to the Urnerboden area in the central canton of Uri, ready for an annual cow parade

The herd was flown to the Urnerboden area in the central canton of Uri, ready for an annual cow parade

The herd was flown to the Urnerboden area in the central canton of Uri, ready for an annual cow parade

The cows (landing photo) used to spend their summer residence in the Swiss alpine pastures, but are now being moved from their mountainside location

The cows (landing photo) used to spend their summer residence in the Swiss alpine pastures, but are now being moved from their mountainside location

The cows (landing photo) used to spend their summer residence in the Swiss alpine pastures, but are now being moved from their mountainside location

He told Sky News: ‘I didn’t ask a cow how it feels after such a flight because she couldn’t answer, but it’s only a short distance and it must go on.

“It was just a short, quiet flight. I didn’t notice any difference between those who flew and those who walked normally.’

The cows used to spend their summer home in the Swiss alpine pastures, but are now being moved from their mountainside location.

The herd is on its way to the Urnerboden area in the central canton of Uri in preparation for an annual cow parade.

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