December 30, 2020

Bovine Brassieres



Bovine Brassieres
Nice and toasty. The Siberian Times

The village of Oymyakon is famous as the coldest place in Russia, with winter temperatures routinely hitting -50º Celsius (-58º Fahrenheit). Now, however, it's in the headlines for another reason: a farmer with an inventive solution to an annual problem.

Nikolay Atlasov, a dairy farmer and lifetime resident in the Sakha Republic town, created bras for his herd of five cows – to protect them from the cold – out of sheepskin and rabbit fur. Although the animals spend most of the winter in a warm shed, they do take daily walks outside.

According to the 70-year-old Altasov, by keeping the udders protected, he's reportedly saved two liters of milk in each cow. The rest of the cow beside the udder, however, is still exposed.

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