Upon discovering a newly born calf stuck in a snowbank on his farm in Rossville, Indiana, farmer Dean Gangwer took quick action and jumped into his hot tub with the tiny bovine–that he named Leroy–to keep him from freezing to death. Gangwer explained how came up with the idea in an interview with RTV6.
The third-generation farmer said he must have missed one of his cows give birth. “She decided to go off by herself, which a lot of cows do, they want to be alone, big old pile of snow, I found this calf laying in there,” Gangwer explained. …Once home, the pair sat together in a hot tub. Although it was unconventional, Gangwer hoped it would help bring Leroy’s body temperature back up to normal. “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. After getting out of the hot tub, Gangwer took Leroy inside his home to dry him off. Then he wrapped the animal in electric blankets to help warm him up even more.
Luckily, Leroy has fully recovered and is thriving under both his mother’s and Gangwer’s care.
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