Army Animal Care Specialist Traps, Neuters, & Releases Cats...in Iraq [VIDEO]

Paul Hair

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Warning: Some graphic footage in the video.

Did you know that animal care specialist is a military occupational specialty in the U.S. Army? If you did, did you know that such soldiers are currently deployed to Iraq? A video released on DVIDS on Feb. 22 shows how a soldier is doing trap, neuter, and release (TNR) work on feral cats at Erbil Air Base in Kurdistan.

At first glance, you might wonder why the Army has a soldier in Iraq doing TNR work. At second glance you might wonder that too. But it isn’t as odd as it appears. One of the primary responsibilities of an animal care specialist (aka: a 68T or 68 Tango) is to “care for government-owned animals.” So if the armed forces are employing military working dogs or other such animals in theater (which they likely are), then it makes sense to have 68 Tangos around.

And when animal care specialists aren’t working on government-owned animals, it only stands to reason that they’ll fill their time doing other productive things. TNR work would be one such task.

Watch the video and feel free to leave comments below.

Top Video: U.S. Army Sgt. Jasmine Baxter, an animal care specialist, neuters Foxtrot the cat at Erbil Air Base in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Feb. 22, 2020. Baxter started a trap, neuter and release program to help prevent the transmission of diseases to service members. Cats are caught, vaccinated, neutered, ear-tipped to identify that they have been treated and released so they can hunt mice and snakes. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Angel Ruszkiewicz)

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