Belgium Declares War Against .... Hairy Caterpillar!

The Belgian army has declared war against ... hairy caterpillar! Here's the story:

A mini-platoon of soldiers will be deployed to the Belgian forests to tackle a plague of hairy caterpillars that are causing allergy outbreaks in humans.

Procession caterpillars, so-called for the way they march in lines through forests, are covered in long, toxic hairs which cause dermatitis and respiratory problems and account for up to 80 percent of doctor visits in the affected area.

"A bit less than a platoon, about 24 soldiers and airmen, will be deployed to help the fire brigade and civil protection authority combat the caterpillars," Belgian military spokeswoman Ingrid Baeck said yesterday.


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Hah! Let's hope that this Belgian force doesn't surrender to these invaders as quickly as Leopold III did to the Nazis. His quickness to throw in the towel without consulting his Allies really put the British Expeditionary Force in a bind.
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