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Indiana farmer saves half-dead calf with warmth of hot tub
ROSSVILLE , Ind., March 7, 2015 (UPI) ------- An Indiana farmer used the warmth of a hot tub to revive a half-dead calf he discovered in a pile of snow.

Dean Gangwer said he found the calf as he did his morning cattle count at Gangwer Farms, in Carrol County, where in addition to raising cows the third-generation farmer grows corn and soybeans.

"Mornings start early around here," he told KNVX. "We go out and we scout our cattle...she decided to wander off by herself, which a lot of cows do. They want to be alone."

Gangwer said he must have missed one of his bovines giving birth. The baby cow suffered from a low body temperature and had difficulty breathing and keeping his eyes open.

Gangwer rushed the calf, which he named Leroy, back to his house. As Gangwer passed near his hot tub he got the idea to jump in with Leroy to raise his body heat.

"I jumped in fully dressed, held Leroy up so he didn't drown, and him and I had a nice bath for an hour, so we both came out warm and I think the end story's gonna be great for him," Gangwer said.

Gangwer said he got the idea from cattle magazines and shows, saying, "They always talk about warm baths and calves."

He dried Leroy off inside and wrapped him in electric blankets for another day and a half to further warm the animal. Leroy is now on his feet and nursed for the first time Friday.


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My  question is  ..  Most  farmers  know   the due  dates  of  all    bred animals  and  keep  them  stalled  in  the  barn near  due  dates.  So  why  didn't  this  farmer?  I  have  helped birth  and   pull  cows(  among  other  farm  animals)  with  come  alongs  many  times  but  all  our  mothers  were  stalled    days  before  due  dates  to  ensure  thier  safety  and  help  at  birth  if  needed.  He  was  VERY  lucky  to  save  this  calf!

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