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Cows in the world’s coldest inhabited place have to wear mouton bras for outdoor walks

By The Siberian Times reporter
22 December 2020

Fur or other natural fabric garments protect Oymyakon cattle from getting frostbitten at -50C.

Bras are made from a large triangle of warm fabric with hare fur sewn onto it, or from old mouton coats. Picture: Semyon Sivtsev

A large triangular bra has to be worn by cows living in Oymyakon, Yakutia, also known as The Pole of Cold on days when temperature gets below -30C. 

When do local cows stop wondering outdoors to get a drink of icy water from a hole that has to be cut in thick ice? 

They don’t really; possibly the only exception can be made for days when it gets colder than -60C. 

‘I am a hunter, my family have five cows, they are our breadwinners.

'They spend winters in a shed, but every day they go outside even if the air temperature is -60C’, says Nikolay Atlasov, in his 70s, who was born and bred in Oymyakon. 

Cows in the world’s coldest inhabited place have to wear mouton bras for outdoor walks


Cows in the world’s coldest inhabited place have to wear mouton bras for outdoor walks


Cows in the world’s coldest inhabited place have to wear mouton bras for outdoor walks


Cows in the world’s coldest inhabited place have to wear mouton bras for outdoor walks

Bras are made from a large triangle of warm fabric with hare fur sewn onto it, or from old mouton coats - hoods are usually a good fit - and are fixed with three straps, two across the body in the ‘waist’ area, and one under the tail. 

This helps protect tender skin and saves up the milk, the locals say.

The lowest officially recorded temperature in Oymyakon, Yakutia was minus 67.7 °C (minus 89.9 °F) in 1933, but locals say an earlier reading was minus 71.2 °C (minus 96.2 °F) in January 1924. 

Primary age children (aged 7 to 10) in Oymyakon continue going to school until air temperature is above -52C.

The school closes when it plummets to -56C.

Comments (6)

I read that coldest temperatures were few years ago and a youtuber showed walking outside with a thermometer showing -70°C.
Also I am amazed to see public water system still working with these temperatures.
Outside Russia Russian cars are not trusted but they seem run at -30°c quite easily while most non-russian cars rarely works at -20°C.
Russians are amazing ! (-=
Günnar, Deutschland / Germany
05/03/2021 18:42
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 could never live in Siberia or any freezing  cold
Renee Calpin, United States
19/01/2021 20:41
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Thank you Benedikt for the article, I read it and génétic informations are interesting .These Iakuts cows have rich balance milk. Little size and little udder are the best way to fight again cold weather
Jocelyne, FRANCE
26/12/2020 14:49
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Jocelyne i think they rather descend from these breeds. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakutian_cattle.and like with apples where one has red and green and yellow apples one also has cattle that maybe were interbred with others .and so one also has -brown cows-.
Benedikt MORAK, Russia
25/12/2020 11:26
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Great article! Very informative and great pictures, too!
Chad Hammond, United States
24/12/2020 04:04
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In the vidéo, beautiful and healthy cows (heifer ?) with thick fur - congratulation
Are there "Montbéliarde" breed ?
Jocelyne, FRANCE
23/12/2020 02:32
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