No jerseys here, just Rainbow in her woollies
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,” Anderton said.
Another farm assistant came up with the name but it was not inspired by a rainbow at the time, Anderton said. “I think it might be to do with making all the girls on Snapchat go ‘aww’.
“Everyone thinks she’s so cute.” Anderton, 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 Anderton’s property.
Calving season usually begins from mid-July.
Eden Anderton is keeping the premature calf warm and well fed during chilly weather.