Besides the snow, sleet and freezing rain of a winter storm, Thursday also saw a mother cow go into labor, delivering a calf that she struggled to keep warm.
When owner Doug Russell saw the shivering little one, he and wife Ann turned the mudroom of their Greenwood home into a temporary nursery.
The next day, mother and baby were reunited and both are doing fine.
"The Russells told me mom and baby are together and doing very well," Jesse Bocksnick, Sebastian County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Monday.
The mother of the unnamed baby boy did her best to provide shelter after giving birth near an old barn. Doug Russell found them while out feeding his other cattle.
"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," Ann Russell said last Thursday. 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 and his mother joined him a short time later.
Source: University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service