A cow in Northeast Texas gives birth to four healthy calves, named Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo. On Monday, Jimmy Barling said DNA tests would be carried out on tissue samples from the four calves to prove they were indeed all born to the same mother. Three of the calves were males and the fourth was female. “We knew she was pregnant, but we didn’t know she was going to do this,” Barling, 76, said. “It was a shock. It blew us away.
Outside of DeKalb, near the Arkansas and Oklahoma borders, Barling’s wife, Dora Rumsey-Barling, owns the couple’s 20 or so cattle. According to Barling, the four black calves were given the names “Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo” by Rumsey-Barling’s granddaughter. Births were “extremely rare,” according to local veterinarian Mike Baird. Four healthy calves born to a single cow is one in 11.2 million risks, he said. Wikimedia Commons Baird knows the family and is almost certain that all four calves came from the same cow, rather than another cow in the area giving birth to one or two and then moving on, making it seem like all four came from the Barlings cow. .
“In the interest of science and the animal world, this is one of those things that needs to be verified beyond a shadow of a doubt,” he said. The couple went to check on the cow when they heard buzzards overhead and ended up staying to witness the birth of her fourth calf. They have to rely on their neighbors to help feed their four calves, because the mother cow can’t handle it. Moo stayed with her mother while Eeny, Meeny and Miny are under the care of two different people. Meeny weighs about 25 pounds, making her the lightest calf. Current trend: The birth weight of a healthy calf is approximately 75 pounds. Some quadruplets also have difficulty standing. Please SHARE this incredible story with your family and friends!