Deb and Chuck Beldo were happy that of their cows was pregnant. In a few months, they would be welcoming a new calf into the herd, but it turned out they were going to be handed much more than they ever bargained. They had no idea that an unusual record-breaking birth was on its way.
For the Beldos, welcoming a new calf wasn’t going to be too much of a worry. They had acres of farmland to raise their animals and enough experience with handling calves too. but nothing from their long years of experience could have really prepared them for what was coming their way. They prepped themselves to welcome the sweet baby calf with open arms and treat it with kindness but when the cow, Momma Moo finally gave birth, it was a big shock to the farming couple.
You could call the Beldos an experienced farming family. their family had taken over the expansive farmland back in 1882, and have tended the land for generations. Taking care of the animals was the best way to make a living. It was serious work but Chuck and Deb had farming in their blood and would have things no other way. Welcoming a newborn was one of the thrills of the work for them and they were about to be handed a little more than they could have ever hoped for.
As Momma Moo’s pregnancy progressed, they soon noticed something unusual with the cow. According to the couple’s daughter Jamie, it was her mother who first noticed the animal looked a little bigger than most of the other pregnant cows they have 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.” She told Minnesota Public Radio:
But even though they expected the possibility of multiple births, it wasn’t until Momma Moo started pushing that the family realized how many calves they would really be welcoming. It was a shocking moment for the family as the calves started popping out and they ended up with not two, but four sweet little calves which were welcomed into the world with the help of Chuck and his wife.
The surprised couple carefully nurtured the calves and hoped they would make it through the night. while they mostly expected the calves to be weak the little animals turned out to be a lot stronger than they would have ever expected. They not only survived the first night, but they are thriving really well today.
Everyone in the family from the oldest to the youngest took part in caring of the calves and ensure they got the best life possible. They knew Momma Moo would have a hard time taking care of her quadruplets but they were willing to pitch in some help to ensure they all survived.
Having quadruplets is a very phenomenon. But it gets even more staggering when you examine the statistics. According to a Vet textbook, the probability of giving birth to all four calves is 1 in 11.2 million births. Momma moo’s little calves are indeed big miracles for the Beldo family. A few more mouths to feed, but they are glad to be doing it by all means.