15 Oct '13, 12am

100,000 Cows Freeze to Death in Freak Record-Breaking Snowstorm

100,000 Cows Freeze to Death in Freak Record-Breaking Snowstorm

Tens of thousands of cattle perished in a freak snowstorm during the first weekend in October in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. That’s incredible, and yet the story is getting surprisingly little attention. An unexpectedly early and brutal blizzard struck states from the Northern High Plains to the Rocky Mountains on October 4th and 5th, leaving up to five feet of snow on the ground. The storm’s howling winds proved to be a death knell for an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 defenseless cattle. First the poor creatures were pelted with rain, 12 hours of it, until their coats were waterlogged. Then came 48 hours of snow, 60 to 70 mph winds and freezing temperatures. Cattle wandered, cold, wet, covered with ice and confused. They huddled together at fence lines for warmth. Snow drifted to heights of 10 feet or more. Eventually, the cattle dropped where they stood, by the thou...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/100000-cows-freeze-to-death-i...

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