09/20/13 - ABC News - Holy Cow! Bovine Quadruplets Born on Cuba Farm
Holy Cow! A Cuban dairy farmer says one of his cows has given birth to
four healthy calves, a highly rare occurrence.
Veterinarian Andres Rodriguez runs state-owned dairy No. 128 in Picadura,
about 44 miles (70 kilometers) east of Havana.
He says he was shocked when he went to a help a 3-year-old cow named Aleli
give birth Aug. 29. She'd already had one calf when he got to her. Then
another was born. And another, and another.
Three are male, and one a hermaphrodite.
According to U.S. and European experts, the odds of delivering live
quadruplet calves are one in 11 million births. If all are the same
gender, the odds rise to one in 179 million. No numbers could be found for
a quad birth including a hermaphrodite.
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