A farmer finding a newborn calf freezing in the snow saves his life with a hot tub

Many animals, like people, are vulnerable to the perils of cold weather.

They might suffer from frostbite and hypothermia, so it’s always inspirational when people go out of their way to keep them warm.

Like one farmer who used an unusual idea to rescue the life of a frozen young calf. Dean Gangwer is a cattle farmer in Rossville, Indiana.

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Dean noticed an unexpected new addition to his property one frosty morning in 2015. One of his cows had given birth in the middle of the night without his knowledge.

Unfortunately, she had given birth to her young calf atop a snowdrift, and the infant was now freezing. Dean could tell the calf was struggling to breathe and couldn’t keep his eyes open. He rushed the cow to his house in an attempt to save its life.

He understood he needed to get the calf in a hot bath based on his cattle knowledge… Dean, on the other hand, had the ideal cow-sized bath ready to go: his hot tub! As strange as it may sound, the idea worked flawlessly.

“I jumped in fully dressed, held Leroy up so he didn’t drown, and him and I had a nice bath for an hour,” Dean told WRTV. “We both came out warm and I think the end story’s gonna be great for him.” 

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The farmer covered his calf in nice warming blankets after his soothing jacuzzi session. He gave the calf the name Leroy. The cow’s temperature quickly returned to normal, and he was ready to rejoin the herd.

It was a thoughtful and quick-thinking solution to save this small cow’s life, but this farmer warns that sharing his hot tub with the cows will not be a regular occurrence.

 “Leroy’s officially done hot-tubbing,” he said. “Some sunbathing is definitely in his future out in the grass, but definitely his hot tub days are done.”