Emergency food drops are being made to save from starvation thousands of deer, trapped by the Mississippi flood waters.
AERIAL V. Flooded area
CLOSER AERIAL of deer splashing through flooded area
SV & CU Corn oats and calf pallets taken from trucks to helicopter (4 shots)
SV Helicopter leaves
SV & LV Helicopter in flight, food being dropped (3 shots)
SV Cattle food being spread in clearing by hand after being brought in by helicopter
SV & LV Food unloaded from helicopter
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Background: Emergency food drops are being made to save from starvation thousands of deer, trapped by the Mississippi flood waters.
The deer were forced onto three small islands in the Mississippi River in North Louisiana last month, when the river flooded the wooded areas near the river bank, where they normally live.
At first the deer survived by sating the underbrush and the low hanging branches of tress. But soon all that was gone.
So the Louisiana National Guard and the State Wildlife and Fisheries Commission have combined, to fly in food to the threatened animals.
In the mission shown, 3,900 lbs (1,770 kilos) of corn, oats and calf pellets were flown in. Sometimes the food is dumped from the air, on other occasions it is spread by hand in clearings.
There will be three food drops a week until the flood waters recede enough to allow the deer to escape.
The food has been bought with emergency funds from the state, and also 6,000 US dollars (2300 sterling) donated by individuals.
SYNOPSIS: Along the Mississippi River in northern Louisians, the worst floods in the Untied States for years have threatened wildlife, as well as houses and farmland.
Thousands of deer forced onto three small islands in the Mississippi by the floods are in danger of starving to death. The deer have eaten all the underbrush and foliage they could reach.
Now the Louisiana National Guard and the State Wildlife and Fisheries Commission are combining to fly in food by helicopter to the trapped animals. Tons of corn, oats and calf pellets are being provided to keep them alive until the flood waters recede.
In this particular operation, three-thousand, nine-hundred pounds of food was airlifted to the islands. It has been bought with emergency state funds and donations from individuals. Some food is dumped from the air.
The rest is spread by had mostly in clearings.
The air life will continue three times as week, until the deer are able to escape from their small islands onto the mainland.