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Farm animals try to beat the heat

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The conditions outside are tough for all residents in the Hudson Valley. Some of us can get out of the heat, but for some of the four legged residents, they have no choice but to tough it out. Our Beth Croughan has more.

WILLOW, N.Y. -- The turkeys at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary enjoyed a nice cold drink Wednesday. And that's okay because there's plenty of water to go around.

"We'll never just have a pen with one water in it. We'll always have at least two. And typically, unless we're running short for some reason, we'll have three. So one water, it could start to leak, or get knocked over, there's always a backup and usually a backup, backup," said Doug Abel, co-founder of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

And during this extreme heat, the nearly 220 rescued farm animals, which includes, "a dozen sheep and 15 goats and then a lot of chickens," rely on water, shade and a cool breeze to beat the heat.

Abel said the animals have been slow and lethargic but that his staff has monitored them closely to watch for any signs of heat exhaustion.

"If we see anybody, what's known as open mouth breathing. Where they're really, really panting, we have a medical center that does have air conditioning," said Abel.

But even with all the necessary precautions, some of the older roosters couldn't survive the heat.

"Even though we're being as diligent as we can running around, what will happen is they'll literally die of heart attack," said Abel.

The changing weather, "I think it's a heat wave, it'll break," Abel said, is part of life on a farm, and life in the Catskill Mountains. "You know it's the Catskills, so you never know what's going to happen."

He may not know, but Abel can hope for some cooler temperatures and rain. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP