Did you know the odds of four live births from one cow is like winning the lottery? That’s right. The odds are 1 in 11.2 million, veterinarians say.
In a news breaking incident, one cow in Northeast Texas near the Arkansas border has given birth to four calves.
These four babies were named – Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and Moo and they’re healthy and happy despite the rare birth of quadruplets.
“We knew she was pregnant, but we didn’t know she was going to do this,” farmer Jimmy Barling said. “This was a shock. This blew our minds.”
The miracle cow’s owners, Barling and Dora Rumsey-Barling currently own about 20 cattle. They will get a DNA test done to prove to all the doubters that these calves are truly from one mother.
“In the interest of science and the animal world, it’s one of those things that need to be verified beyond a shadow of a doubt,” Local veterinarian Mike Baird said.
Since the mother is unable to nurse all four calves at once, the owners are relying on their friendly Texas neighbors to help the babies grow.
The couple noticed the extremely rare birth starting to take place when they were checking on her and noticed a large swarm of buzzards flying in circles above the field.
According to WikiHow, “Usually a female that is in labour will go find a secluded spot away from the herd to calve out. Make sure, during the defined calving season, that you have the heavily pregnant cows close by so that you, nor they, have a long distance to travel in case any of them need assistance.”
“A female that is in her first stages of birth will be pacing around, getting up and laying down repeatedly. When she is very close, you will see a water sac hanging down from her vulva: it’s a yellowish spherical sac,” the source continues.
The Barlings’ granddaughter has named all four of the baby calves. She has named them Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo. Quite clever names for four baby calves!
“Moo has stayed with her mother, while Eeny, Meeny and Miny are with two different caretakers. Meeny is the smallest of the calves, weighing in at about 25 pounds [50 pounds below normal].”
Normal baby calves are born at about 75 pounds. Many of the quadruplet cows born in this extremely rare birth have since had difficulty standing on their own.
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