In cold weather, even farm animals can do with some protection. Baby animals, like baby calves, are particularly vulnerable in freezing conditions.
When Cans Molman @ThisFarmingMan posted a photo of a calf wearing pastel pink knitted ear muffs on Twitter, he had 30.8k people talking and 172k likes.
A calf wearing pink earmuffs is giving all those cats some serious competition as the internet goes wild over the cuteness.
Veterinarians recommend keeping calves warm or they could suffer from frostbite and hypothermia with other health-related problems. These problems can cause them debilitating pain.
So calves wearing ear muffs is not a practical joke or a fashion statement – it’s a genuine way to keep those baby calves healthy. The adorable ear muffs made of materials like fleece or knitted yarn are an ingenious way to protect them.
This is not the first time we’ve heard about ear muffs for calves. Holly Poad, owner of Triple P Farm in Lone Rock, Wisconsin posted about a solution she and aunt, Kim Ewers found for the calves on their farm.
After losing their barn in a fire, Poad invested in calf jackets and a pair of calf ear muffs to protect her calves. To save money she asked her aunt who runs an embroidery business to sew her some additional ear muffs.
Ewers came up with a design but the problem was that if she used fleece and the ear muffs got wet, she feared they would cause more damage than good.
If it was raining or snowing, it would be rather like putting an icepack on those poor little ears and she was afraid that they might fall off. She decided to add some water-repellant material to the outside of the fleece.
She also added some adjustable straps and made the “moo muffs” in bright colors. This would make it obvious if the cow licked the calf and the earmuffs came off or the calf managed to get them off in some way.
When Poad posted the design to the farm’s Facebook page and on some social media show cattle groups, announcing that she was selling Moo Muffs, she was surprised at the amazing response.
Now, it has become a family business, turning out about 15-20 pairs a week. Poad and Ewers both have full-time jobs so they try to work on the ear muffs at night.
Due to the growing demand, Poad is now working with a livestock supply company to produce them. This would take the stress off her aunt who has to work around the clock to keep up with the orders.
It’s no wonder thousands of people smiled, commented and shared the cuteness. A picture of a baby bovine in cute pink ear muffs is a heartwarming sight.
The idea of calves parading around in their own winter gear sewn by concerned humans has touched a soft spot. No doubt, we’ll soon be seeing other baby animals in fashionable winter gear.