A Minnesota farming couple, Deb and Chuck Beldo, got more than they bargained for when one of their cows became pregnant. With acres of land to raise their animals, the idea of another little calf running around wasn't much of a bother! Of course, they would welcome the sweet baby calf with open arms and treat it with kindness.
But when Momma Moo gave birth, Deb and Chuck were shocked. They had no idea their cow's birth would go down in history for one crazy reason...
The Beldo family first took over the farmland all the way back in 1882. Generations of Beldos tended to the land, took care of the animals and did their best to make a solid living - and with decades of farming in their blood, Chuck and Deb happily agreed to carry on the family tradition.
Farming isn't easy work, but they wouldn't have things any other way. So when Momma Moo became pregnant, Deb and Chuck were thrilled to have another little one to care for. However, before she gave birth, Deb and Chuck's daughter Jamie said that they noticed Momma Moo was looking a little bigger than the pregnant cows they've tended to in the past.
"Mom had noticed she was large but didn't think too much of it. Twins are fairly common. 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."
But when it came time for Momma Moo to start pushing, the entire family was shocked by just how many calves popped out!
Not one or two, but four sweet calves were welcomed into the world with the helping hands of Chuck and Deb. They carefully nurtured the calves and prayed they would make it through the night. But the calves were much stronger than anyone assumed!
They pulled through the first night and are thriving today! Even the youngest Beldos are pitching in to make sure the teeny tiny calves have the best life possible.
Having quadruplets is rare for humans, but cows doing so is even more of a medical phenomenon! According to one veterinary textbook, the odds of all four calves being born alive are 1 in 11.2 million - they really are little miracles!