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Born in a winter storm, newborn calf moves into the house

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GREENWOOD (KATV) - While Thursday's winter storm raged above and mud was churning below, a tiny calf came into the world sheltered only by his mother. That is until Doug Russell found him.

Cold, wet weather can be dangerous to livestock. Water can mat down the hairs in the coat, eliminating its insulating properties. It's especially hard on calves, who come in to the world wet.

"When feeding them, Doug found that the mother gave birth," said Russell's wife Ann. "It happened by an old barn and because of the ice and snow the cattle had been standing around it quite a bit seeking shelter."

"Too many cattle on a small wet area will turn to mud pretty quick," she said. "She had good intentions of calving (giving birth) near a shelter but the weather did not cooperate."

The Russells gave mom and baby a little help.

"Mom is fine, except that we borrowed her baby for a while," Ann Russell said. The Russells set up a temporary nursery in the mudroom of their house.   

"Baby was in house for about four hours. We dried him with a heating pad for a large dog, my hair dryer and towels and gave him some milk," she said. The calf "was a good housemate. He stayed laid down 90 percent of the time. Once he got warm he decided to get up. He went outside shortly after that."

The couple moved the calf into the barn under a heat lamp. The baby was being returned to his mother Friday morning.

"Hopefully, she will forgive us and take him back," Ann Russell said. "If not, he will be bottle fed."

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