Drones to save fawns in fields
Farmers are using drones equipped with thermal imagery cameras to find newly born fawns in the fields.
The animals naturally hide in the long grass shortly after being born. They will not move even if they sense danger. This makes them prone to be killed by farm harvesting equipment.
More than 100 died this way in cantons Appenzell and Sankt Gallen in 2015 alone.
The drones can spot the fawns easily before harvesting begins.
While the farmers have no interest in killing the animals and want to save them, there’s also another consideration. The dead animal could be mixed in with feed for livestock – and that’s poisonous.