Remember when your mom or your grandma made you put on your scarf and gloves as a kid? Well, it turns out that farmers do the same for their cows. To protect their calves from frostbite in the winter months, farmers knit special earmuffs for their babies.
As well as being practical, the earmuffs have the benefit of being the cutest thing in the world. Take a look at these baby cows! Tell me that’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!
Twitter user @ThisFarmingMan_, as well as having a hilarious Smiths pun as a username, uploaded the pictures of earmuffed cows. The picture gained 170,000 likes and everyone loves how adorable the earmuffs are! However, frostbite is a serious problem in farming.
“Frostbite is the damage to body tissues that occurs when these tissues freeze,” Dr W. Dee Whittier wrote in Calves and the Cold. “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 continued. “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.”
Thankfully, this unique solution helps to keep the calves happy and healthy, as well as making them look adorable! While cats and dogs live inside so are less at risk, can you imagine how cute they’d look in these? Food for thought…
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-Advertisement-
Let us know what you think of these cute calves in the comments, and share with your family and friends! You can check out similar stories on Happiest, like this one about cows that are finally released from horrible conditions.