Helicopter to the Rescue for Oklahoma Cattle

May 14, 2015 09:44 AM
Helicopter to the Rescue for Oklahoma Cattle

Cattle stranded by floodwaters in Oklahoma were saved from possible starvation thanks to a delivery of hay and feed by a Chinook helicopter.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Army National Guard aided rancher Larry LeRay in feeding his herd after they were trapped by rising water from a nearby river.

"I didn't know what to do," said Larry LeRay. "I've never seen the river stay up this long."

Approximately 100 head of cattle took to higher ground on the 400 acre ranch on May 6. LeRay waited four days in hopes the water would go down before calling the Department of Agriculture.

On May 11, officials came to his Bowlegs, Okla., ranch to see what could be done before a next round of storms comes through.

"We had to get feed to them to make sure they're going to be okay until this water at some point goes down enough so these cattle can cross back to dry ground," says Chief Investigative Agent Jerry Flowers.

After a call was made to the Oklahoma Army National Guard, the cattle were fed via an air drop of 12 round hay bales and 12 bags of feed on May 12.

Here is a video of the rescue: NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

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Spell Check

Victoria , WA
5/14/2015 02:08 PM

  I once farmed. (Sheep in Ontario Canada...)..I was very moved and impressed with this farmer's sense of responsibility AND compassion for his livestock. Bravo Mr. Leray! ???????


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