Win­ter jumpers keep calf warm

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By KIRI GILLE­SPIE

A “stroppy“calf born more than a month ahead of the calv­ing sea­son is keep­ing warm with her col­lec­tion of win­ter wool­lies.

Rain­bow the calf is only four days old but has al­ready cap­tured the hearts of the West­ern Bay of Plenty’s farm­ing com­mu­nity.

Pon­gakawa farm as­sis­tant Eden An­der­ton knew Rain­bow would need par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion after she was born pre­ma­turely on June 5.

“We didn’t know if she was go­ing to make it, but she’s pretty stroppy,” said Eden.

An­other farm as­sis­tant came up with the name but it was not in­spired by a rain­bow at the time, Eden said. “I think it might be to do with mak­ing all the girls on Snapchat go ‘aww’. “Every­one thinks she’s so cute.” Eden, who is preg­nant and due next month, said she had been col­lect­ing baby clothes and was sort­ing through them when she got the idea to help keep the lonely calf warm.

“I didn’t want her to be cold just be­cause she’s pre­ma­ture, and be­cause she’s alone in the pen, she doesn’t have the warmth of the other cows.”

Rain­bow’s fu­ture was likely to be a bright one as a pet cow at Eden’s prop­erty.

Calv­ing sea­son usu­ally be­gins from midJuly.

PHOTO: JOHN BORREN

Eden An­der­ton is keep­ing the pre­ma­ture calf warm and well fed dur­ing chilly weather.

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