Chuck Beldo and his wife Deb live in Sebeka, Minnesota. They enjoy a quiet, simple life as farmers. Because he has spent years working with cows, he has a strong instinct about them. And he could tell as soon as one was pregnant. He also could tell when the cow was about to go into labor. And it happened to be the same day that his granddaughter was born, May 24.
While the birth of his granddaughter was special, the cow tried to overshadow her with a one-in-a-million shock that surprised everyone in Sebeka and across the nation.
The cow gave birth to something that caught everyone off guard. She didn’t give birth to just one or two calves. She gave birth to quadruplets.
The odds of a cow having quadruplets are one in 700,000. The odds all four calves survive are even rarer. They have only a one in an 11.2 million chance all will live.
Deb told CBS Local, “I’ve been around cows my whole life, and I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
Because they knew the calves were involved in a high-risk birth, Deb and Chuck watched them closely in the hours after they were born. They had the veterinarian’s number ready in case of an emergency. But the odds turned in Chuck and Deb’s favor, and all four quadruplets survived.
“They’re doing really good. It’s amazing,” Chuck told the news source. “I think we are going to make it now. A week ago, I wouldn’t have bet a dime on it.”
The amazing cow birth occurred after they returned home to meet their newborn granddaughter at the hospital. And when two calves came out of the mama cow, Chuck and Deb held their breath.
“Mom had noticed she was large but didn’t think too much of it. Twins are fairly common,” Chuck and Deb’s daughter, Jamie Belz, told Minnesota Public Radio. “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.”
While typical calves weight about 50 to 70 pounds, the quadruplets were very small. They were just 20 to 25 pounds each. This meant they were too small to nurse from their mother like normal calves. That forced Chuck and Deb to bottle-feed the little ones until they were strong enough to take their mother’s nipples. Chuck and Deb were exhausted. They had to be up around the clock to care for the quadruplets.
“We are looking for volunteers for that midnight feeding,” Chuck said.
After too much work, they installed bottle holders so they could get some rest. This allowed them to stop hand-feeding the calves so that they could go about their regular duties on the farm.
“They’re just like any other baby. They get fed, they’re tired, and they lay down,” Deb told West Fargo Pioneer.
Because they knew it was special, Chuck and Deb shared the quadruplet birth on Facebook.
“I believe there has been, as of today, 80,000 some shares fro around the world, which is kind of neat,” Deb admitted.