Nobody is immune to frostbite, not even the strongest among us. In fact, weather can be hard on cattle that spend lots of time outdoors as well. Luckily God (or grandma) invented the earmuffs and yes! Cute calves use it too.
Unlucky claves that born during the wintertime, are more likely to suffer frostbite. Since calves lie down most of the time, their body doesn’t get warmer so they may suffer frostbite more readily than animals that move around.
But there are also good-hearted farmers that make sure their calves will survive winter without getting hurt. Twitter user @ThisFarmingMan_ tweeted adorable pictures of little calves wearing cozy pink earmuffs and they quickly went viral. Over 170k user have liked it and people can’t stop spreading the new adorable trend.
It is crucial to keep calves warm because cold can lead to hypothermia and in worse cases death. According to Calves and the Cold, Dr. W. Dee Whittier said “Frostbite is the damage to body tissues that occurs when these tissues freeze”. He continued “The extremities are most at risk. Frozen ears and tails result in changes of cattle appearance but do not affect cattle performance significantly.”
“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,” Dr. Whittier added. “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.”
There are several factors that lead to frostbite and hypothermia such as temperature, wind chill and time spent in cold conditions all contribute to frostbite “The effect of wind is often referred to as wind chill and tells how living things ‘feel the temperature.’ Wind chill is often many degrees colder than the actual temperature. Humidity has a large effect on cold as well since humid air can take more warmth away from animals.”
Dr. Whittier recommends detecting the frostbite at an early stage, quickly thawing the tissues, preventing re-freezing and housing with heat.
So it turns out ear muffs for calves to stop them getting frostbite are a real thing… pic.twitter.com/KiiAbTaRYV— Cans Moleman (@ThisFarmingMan_) 25 ביוני 2019
Here’s the ever famous calf Star, rocking her moo muffs pic.twitter.com/POBNEL02Tb— Work for Days Farm (@WFDF2016) 18 בינואר 2018