Last year on May 24th, long-time farmer Charles Beldo and his wife Deb found themselves unexpectedly traveling from their cattle ranch in Sebeka, Minnesota to go see their daughter.
It takes a very special occasion to pull these farmers away from their cows, and this was definitely one of them. They had just found out that their baby girl had given birth to a baby girl, and they were on their way to meet their new granddaughter.
Now, learning that you just had a grandbaby come into the world is exhilarating enough its own right, but the day had more in store for the two happy farmers when they got home.
Momma Moo is one of the many cows that roam the Beldo’s farm, and she has her name for a reason. Deb and Charles realized that Momma was about to earn that name again earlier on in the season, but they weren’t expecting to come home and find her panting heavily with labor pains…but they did.
The Beldo’s never had a clue, though, that this birth was going to be extraordinary!
Charles Beldo is just one farmer out of many generations of them in his family’s history.
In fact, the farm that Charles and Deb currently run has been in his family since they first inherited it well over a century ago in 1882.
While there has been a Beldo farmer tending to the land and livestock ever since, Charles and Deb have their doubts that any of them witnessed a cow birthing as unique as this one.
“I’ve been around cows my whole life, and I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Deb Beldo tells local news station CBS Minnesota.
Although Deb and Charles were completely taken aback at what was happening, there had been some indicators along the way that this birth was going to be different than Momma Moo’s others.
For one, several months before she went into labor Deb observed that the pregnant cow appeared quite a bit larger than she had during her other pregnancies. Seeing as how twin-calfs aren’t all that uncommon, though, she simply put it down to that and carried on with her chores.
“Mom had noticed she [Momma Moo] was large but didn’t think too much of it,” Deb’s daughter explains.
In fact, twins wouldn’t have only not been out of the ordinary, but it even would have been likely as Momma Moo had given birth to a set of them not long before. Unfortunately, the winter weather was still a bit too much for the calves to handle.
“Actually, they had a set of twins born earlier this year, but unfortunately they came during the crazy cold weather we had in April, and they didn’t make it,” the daughter continues.
Momma Moo outdid herself and shocked everyone by giving birth, not to twins, but to quadruplet calves!
Just to put that into perspective for you; the odds of a cow successfully giving birth to four living cows at once is downright astronomical.
After the cow and her quadruplet calves were all seen to for the day, Deb celebrated the unlikely event by sharing it in a post to her Facebook with a caption that read:
“A very unusual event yesterday. One cow gave birth to quadruplets. All are doing well. Mama was looking a bit overwhelmed but had them all cleaned up. From what we can find, chances of a cow giving birth to four calves is one in 11.2 million.”
The post went insanely viral nearly as soon as it was uploaded and has since seen over 83,000 shares across Facebook alone.
“I believe there has been, as of today, 80,000 some shares from around the world, which is kind of neat,” the farmer wife says.
While the Beldo’s were besides themselves with joy at the incredibly unique addition to their bovine tribe, they knew they weren’t out of the storm just yet. Each of the calves weighed 25 lbs or less, whereas a single-birthed healthy calf weighs about 60 lbs, on average.
There was still a long road ahead of them if they were going to see these babies grow into full-size cows.
Finally, a little less than two weeks later, Charles allowed hope to take root that the tiny calves would make it after all.
“I think we are going to make it now. A week ago, I wouldn’t have bet a dime on it. They’re doing really good. It’s amazing,” he joyously shares with CBS Minnesota.
While normally the farmer breeds his cows for their beef, the family has grown quite fond of their unexpected new calves and plan to name them. So, it’s unlikely that these miracle cows will end up on the supermarket shelf anytime soon.
If you would like to hear more about these rare quadruplet calves, watch the video below.
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H/T: Animal Channel