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Four Calves, One Cow, One Farm

MINNEAPOLIS, Mn. (WCCO) -  A Sebeka family had a rare occurrence on their farm.  Two weeks ago, one of their cows gave birth to quadruplets and they all survived.

WCCO's John Lauritsen shows us just how rare that is.

Most farmers are hoping a cow gives birth to one healthy calf. But on May 24th Chuck and Deb Beldo won the bovine lottery.   

Experts say the odds of having quadruplets is one in 700,000. But the odds of keeping all four alive are even greater, One in 11.2 million to keep them alive. 

The previous two times she had calves she gave birth to one calf each time.

With two new male calves and two new female calves, Chuck and Deb have had to carry the weight quite literally. They've been bottlefeeding them about every four hours and keeping track of the quadruplets is kind of like herding cats or as Chuck puts it.

But they've also been able to run with this rarity posting pictures of the four, little calves on Facebook.


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