Abort mission! Abort! Abort!
In an exciting 29 second-clip, filled with drama, a herd of ducks storm out into the cold snowy outdoors...only to regret the decision immediately after.
These earmuffs may look adorable but they serve a very important purpose. The calves must be protected from the cold as it can lead to severe frostbite, hypothermia, and even death. These muffs help protect from the wind chill.
According to Dr. W. Dee Whittier, Bovine Specialist at the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, wrote in a paper titled 'Calves and the Cold', "Frostbite is the damage to body tissues that occurs when these tissues freeze. The extremities are most at risk. Frozen ears and tails result in changes of cattle appearance but do not affect cattle performance significantly."
Dr. Whittier continues, "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."
Turns out, when it comes to detecting frostbite, if the ear-tips are frozen, there's a high chance that the feet are experiencing some damage as well.
If that does occur, Dr. Whittier recommends to thaw the tissues as quickly as possible. And once the tissues are thawed, you must prevent re-freezing from occurring. Which means housing with heat for several days. Damaged tissues are more prone to re-freeze and can do so very easily.
Get otter here! The Winnipeg Humane Society's emergency response team was called downtown to save a river otter that had taken refuge from the cold under a garbage bin near the University of Winnipeg. Shout out to the team who was able to rescue the poor river otter.
Silky, a hairless hamster was dropped off at the Oregon Humane Society. Apparently her family decided to move and couldn't take her with them. However, it didn't take long for the shelter's staff to fall in love with her. Silky is naturally hairless due to a genetic mutation, that means she can easily get cold, something staff member Selene Mejia realized when she saw Silky huddled in a corner of her cage. Selene took it upon herself to crochet a tiny sweater for Silky to keep her nice and warm. The sweater fit her perfectly. She seems to be doing better now, and as soon as she overcomes an eye infection, Silky will be available for adoption. See her awesomely cute photos below. Via: Awesomely Cute
Ireland was recently struck with heatwaves and it doesn't seem to be cooling down anytime soon. So in an attempt to keep that animals at Dublin Zoo nice and cool, the Zoo decided to treat the animals to some icy cold... treats! Yasmina the red panda is one example, with a fruit-filled block of ice., and the photos will melt your heart!
The extreme temperatures outside leads many pet owners to wondering what they can possibly do about their four legged friends as a result, especially those who are accustomed to placing their animals outdoors for extended periods of time. Some people believe that an animal's fur coat can keep them protected. Others may believe that the animal actually likes it outside. But contrary to these perceptions, many experts believe that our dogs are not able to handle these conditions. One of them is Dr. Ward, who even went so far as to spend the night in a doghouse to see how long they would be able to survive for. He was unable to last for more than four hours, even though he wore all of the necessary layers to keep him warm. Watch his experience and conclusions on this fascinating video. The bottom line is that if it is too cold for us to be spending the night outdoors, it is certainly too cold for your pet. Bear this important lesson in mind. Via: The Dodo
There are millions of stray animals that roam our city streets. What do they do when the weather gets cold? They have to find shelter somewhere, or they may die. One kind hearted woman from Turkey built a ladder for the neighborhood stray cats to use. Call it a stairway to heaven.