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Steppin' Out With The Highflying Austrian Special Forces Dog

Did you ever think you'd see a dog parachuting 10,000 feet from a military helicopter?  Dogs are the latest recruits in the Austrian special forces, and often when they 'step out' they are strapped to a human and a big parachute.

The dogs chosen to join the air brigade are trained explosive-sniffing Belgian Shepherds.  The handlers say their dogs are the best recruits because they more comfortable with the trip down than some humans and definitely more comfortable stepping off the helicopter than they are with the sound of the helicopter's engines.

These photos were taken in March at a NATO exercise over a military training area in Norway.  Obviously, the first pictures were taken pre-parachute...

 

Austria's Special Forces Dog: image via Daily MailAustria's Special Forces Dog: image via Daily Mail

 

Austria's Special Forces Dog: image via Daily MailAustria's Special Forces Dog: image via Daily Mail

 

Austria's Special Forces Dog: image via Daily MailAustria's Special Forces Dog: image via Daily Mail

 

Ten thousand feet?  Why that's nothing for this Belgian Shepherd; he's securely strapped to his human handler and he's muzzled to protect his mouth in case of a hard landing. The trooper also gave assurance that dogs, like human members of the special forces, were not put into unnecessarily dangerous situations. (Is that right...?)

Daily Mail via our own highflying Steve Levenstein!

That's the buzz for today!

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