Extremely Rare Quadruplet Calves Born in TX


by Carolyn Roy, WSMV


Meet Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and Moo: A DeKalb, TX heifer has managed the extremely rare feat of giving birth to 4 live calves.

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The heifer, described by Dora as “just a run of the mill red cow,” had been bred to an Angus bull, so all 4 of the calves are black.

“We didn't think she was due, even for one calf,” Dora says.

Buzzards spotted circling over their 100-acre property in the Hubbard community south of DeKalb early Monday afternoon prompted the retired couple to head to a spot about 500 yards from the house. That's where she says they found the heifer had already given birth to 3 of the surprise calves.

“We thought that was it. We were excited about having 3!”

But this miracle bovine mother, identified by her #15 ear tag, wasn't done yet.

“She lay down and the fourth one started coming out and we watched the birth of the fourth one,” recalls Dora. “It was really exciting. The adrenaline was flowing with us!”

Twin births aren't all that unusual for cattle, but according to Veterinary Obstetrics and Genital Diseases, the odds of a cow having quadruplets are 1:700,000. The odds of having all four calves born alive are 1:11.2 million.


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Source:  WSMV.com


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