Farmer looking after exotic animals in bitter cold

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MIDWAY, Ky. (WKYT) - As the bitter cold drags on, farmers are working hard to take care of their animals. David Phillips has some unusual farm animals to look after.

"If you'd asked me when I was ten years old if I'd be taking care of camels or buffalos or llamas, I'd have said no, no way," Phillips said. He's got a camel, along with several llamas and bison on his family farm along Leestown Road near Midway.

"They've been through a lot of storms, lot of heat in the summer and cold in the winter," he said. Phillips says he goes out to break up ice on the pond in the animals' field each day. He says a large barn blocks the wind when it starts whipping.

The animals live in a large field with several cattle and Phillips says taking care of them is pretty straightforward. He says he makes sure they've always got access to water and feed.

"They probably eat thirty, forty pounds a day," he said.

Phillips said his family inherited the animals when a family friend could no longer care for them. He said drivers often stop on the side of the road to take pictures and ask questions.

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