Elderly cow defies odds by giving birth to quad of healthy calves
A farmer couldnt believe his own eyes after an ageing cow gave birth to four healthy claves – at odds of 11 million to one.
The three baby male bulls and a heifer are all doing well under the care of Brian Omand, 62, and his son Liam, 19.
The calves mum, a Aberdeen-Angus cross, aged 12, went into labour last Saturday at Stembister Farm in Orkney.
Brian believes the statistical likelihood of quads being born naturally was 700,000 to one.
But the chances of all four calves being born alive was an astounding 11 million to one.
Brian said: There is an 11 million to one chance of them being born alive, and a 700,000 to one chance of them being born.
They are doing very well, they are running about. We are having to supplement them with artificial milk, as with four calves the mothers milk just disappears.
Everything was natural. I had no idea she was expecting so many.
The multiple births did not show up on pregnancy scans, so Brian was surprised when he put his hand on the cows stomach and felt a bundle of legs.
Brian added: There was a whole pile of legs. It was a few minutes before I sussed out what belonged to what.