Cow Up In the Air – level 3

24-08-2020 07:00

Each year, Alpine farmers drive their cow from higher ground to the lower Alps in an event called the ´Bodenfahrt´.

On Tuesday, around 1,000 cows were ushered down the hills at the Klausen Pass in Switzerland; however, one cow had suffered an injury and was transported downhill by a helicopter instead.

Ambros Arnold, one of the farmers who was transporting the herd, said that the cow had been limping for about one month, and he chose to airlift the animal because he did not want to risk its health. This method was an efficient short cut; however, Arnold added that the experience may have been traumatic for the animal because it was lifted into the air suddenly. The method of transporting injured cows by helicopter is common, and it prevents the cattle from being injured any further.

Difficult words: Alpine (related to the Alps), usher (to show or guide someone to a place), short cut (an accelerated way of doing or achieving something).

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