Adorable ‘Moo Muffs’ protect newborn calves from frostbite
Imagine the most adorable baby calf in the entire world.
Now imagine the same calf, but wearing fluffy earmuffs. How awesome would that be?!
As the cold weather isn’t affecting only humans, we need to take care of our animals too. While we can keep ourselves protected in winter, they need our help to do it. Sure, a lot of them have natural ways to warm up, such as cozy hibernation, sporting massive amounts of fur, or flying south for the season. However, others might their humans’ help when the weather gets rough.
Here’s the ever famous calf Star, rocking her moo muffs pic.twitter.com/POBNEL02Tb
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While most cows have no problem keeping themselves warm in the winter, newborn calves are extremely vulnerable to the cold.
They are most prone to catching hypothermia and frostbite because they don’t have the same ability to regulate their body temperature as the older ones.
So, what can farmers do to keep their beloved baby calves warm in the freezing season?
Now, they can get them special earmuffs, meant exactly for newborn calves. Yes, this is a thing! Here’s a proof.
So it turns out ear muffs for calves to stop them getting frostbite are a real thing… pic.twitter.com/KiiAbTaRYV
— Cans Moleman (@ThisFarmingMan_) June 25, 2019
This baby cow wearing pink knitted earmuffs may be the most adorable thing you will see today. No wonder the Internet went crazy over it. And while these pink muffs are clearly homemade, there are a few places in the U.S. that actually market and sell them.
One of these places is Triple P Farm in Lone Rock, Wisconsin. The owner, Holly Poad, came up with her own pair of “moo muffs” after her family tragically lost their barn in a fire. The weather was too harsh to leave the newborn calves unprotected from the cold, so Holly needed to do something.
The farm owner asked her aunt to make her a homemade pair of cow earmuffs, but with a few slight changes. Before, holly has seen some moo muffs only made of fleece. She knew those wouldn’t do much to keep her calves warm, and they would probably freeze if they get wet.
That’s why she asked her auntie, Kim Ewers, to make earmuffs from water-repellent material on the outside and fleece on the inside.
The “moo muffs” intentionally come in bright colors, so farmers can always keep an eye on their precious calves.
Eventually, this idea turned into a family business. The Poads now have orders coming in from all over the country from other farmers looking for ways to keep their calves safe and warm all winter long.
Can you resist awwing at these adorable baby cows wearing charming little earmuffs to keep them warm and cozy?