A playground the size of three Walmart Supercenters, twenty buildings for hiding and the undivided attention of 400 recruits: What else can a common cat ask for?
As it turns out, one tabby cat has got it all: Broccoli has officially been added to the inventory of the Swiss Army, calling the 60'000 sq m campus at Lyss her home. "Brigadier Broccoli" is one of only three officially registered cats by the neutral Swiss military. Meanwhile, the inventory contains 300 dogs and no less than 350 horses. So, chapeau for this special feline!
"But why the name?", you might wonder. Mushy green broccoli was the first thing on Brigadier Broccoli's plate when she appeared in 2005. Ever since, the military recruits have been paying for her food and treats out of pocket. Now that the feline has become part of the official inventory, the provisions can be paid out of the food budget!
Apart from the swag that comes with a military distinction, Broccoli's duties are simple: To spread her love among recruits and keep the morale high.
Forward any cat treats to the following address:
Br Broccoli K.
Ih RS 50/Kp |||
3250 Lyss, Switzerland
(Photographs copyright Urs Baumann, via Berner Zeitung)