Animals Beat the Heat & Flock from the Fair

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Animals headed home from the Dane County Fair a little early due to Sunday's near triple digit temps.

Nearly 95 percent of the livestock made an exit early Sunday morning to avoid heat sickness, which is particular concern with larger animals such as cows and llamas.

But the petting zoo's smaller animals -- including the chickens and pigs -- were kept cool by fans and air conditioning.

Exhibitors say it's just as important to keep animals cool to avoid overheating. "Rabbits, they put ice water they put in the cages so they can cool, hogs we can wet the shavings down so when they lay on it they cool from their stomachs up," says Nolan Anderson, live stock agent.

"The still air is what hurts them the most just because out being in the sun wouldn't do them very good. They're in the sheds here in the air is moving so it's not too bad for them," says Kathleen Connors, an exhibitor.

The Dane County Fair wrapped up Sunday. This is the first time in more than 16 years exhibitors were allowed to leave early without being penalized one year from the fair.

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