Farmers all over are protecting their calves from frostbite by making them wear colorful earmuffs.
The world has just experienced record-breaking high temperatures last June, but it was only a few months ago when we were freezing in the winter cold – then, people couldn’t wait for the heat of the summer to come.
While low temperatures had our teeth chattering and our bodies shivering, we forget that we are not the only ones who do – animals get cold, too! Just imagine how it must have felt for those who are living outdoors. They had to face the harsh realities of winter with the protection of only their skin and coat.
But as it turns out, farmers have been using a clever innovation that will help keep these animals warm. And it comes in the form of something that we are all very familiar with – knitted earmuffs!
Our grandmothers used to make them for us, but we never thought that it would come in handy for these calves.
Aside from adding to their cuteness factor, these earmuffs are serving a greater purpose. Farmers all over are making their calves wear these knitted creations to help protect them against the extreme cold and the dangers of frostbite, hypothermia, and in extreme cases, even death.
All the talk about this adorable calves started when Twitter user @ThisFarmingMan_ shared a photo of a black and white calf wearing baby pink earmuffs. The post went viral and has since gained 171,000 likes.
“So it turns out ear muffs for calves to stop them getting frostbite are a real thing…” he wrote.
In a paper named Calves and the Cold, Dr. W. Dee Whittier explained:
“The extremities are most at risk. Frozen ears and tails result in changes of cattle appearance but do not affect cattle performance significantly. Sadly, if a calf’s feet freeze, it must be put to sleep or it will die,” he wrote.
Newborn calves are most at risk because they are wet and because they have a large surface area in relation to their total body mass. Calves are not fully capable of maintaining temperature the first several hours of life. Newborn calves have a circulatory system that is less able to respond to cold changes as compared to more mature animals,” he continued.
These calves are definitely rocking these earmuffs!
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