Mini drones rescue Bambis from hay shredders

A German wildlife rescue project is deploying small aerial drones to find and protect young deer hiding in tall grass from being shredded by combine harvesters cutting hay in spring.

The pilot project has shown great promise in spotting the young animals, about 100,000 of which fall victim in Germany every year to the large agricultural machines, said project spokesman Rolf Stockum on April 25.

In a pilot phase, five small drones — fitted with combined digital and infrared sensors that can detect color patterns and body heat — have been trialed in the southern state of Bavaria to find the animals.

When spotted, the young deer are fitted with beacons that emit radio signals, so that farmers, when they later do the spring mowing, can find and avoid them as they noisily rumble across the grasslands and fields. … (Read more)

A handout photo dated from 2013 released by German wildlife rescue Project Wildretter on April 25, 2014 shows a bamby photographed with a camera embedded on a drone flying over a field in Bavaria, southern Germany. The Project Wildretter is deploying small aerial drones to find and protect young deer hiding in tall grass from being shredded by combine harvesters cutting hay in spring. The pilot project has shown great promise in spotting the young animals, about 100,000 of which fall victim in G

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