Cow gives birth to triplets

By | March 10, 2010

The 100,000 to one triplets born to Caesar the cow.Caesar gave birth to calves Laura, Ben and Tom last week at North Park Farm in Landrake, Cornwall.

Her multiple delivery has been described as a miracle by Gary Bridgman, the farmer, although he disclosed that Caesar’s mother gave birth to twins last year.

Mr Bridgman said: “You don’t expect triplets. We had Caesar scanned but you never ask how many, so it’s a bit of a miracle to me.”

Cows do not normally have litters of calves and the chances of having triplets are 105,000 to one, with the odds of having same sex triplets are around 700,000 to one.

Experts from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine have previously said a cow giving birth to triplets is a ‘statistical miracle.’

The average gestation period is about nine months – like humans – and a newborn calf will weigh between 40 to 50kg, but within a year they are usually the same size as their parents.

via Cow gives birth to triplets – Telegraph.

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