A farmer's life isn't an easy one. You have to make sure you yield enough produce and take care of all of the animals and equipment on the farm. Needless to say, a lot of work goes into taking care of a ranch. There was one farmer who was unprepared for something that happened on his farm, though. A cow was acting a little different, but he wasn't prepared to see what was going on.
Chuck Beldo and Deb, his wife, have always been farmers. They were truly passionate about their lifestyle. Over the years, they had taken care of many calving procedures, but there was one that they would remember forever. One of their cows took them completely off guard one morning. Even though the birth was completely abnormal, no one ever expected it to be a true miracle.
Chuck was very instinctual when it came to his animals. He had worked alongside cattle for so long that he became attuned to their behavior. Because of that, he could always tell when one of his animals was pregnant. He also knew when they were getting ready to give birth. It was once a gift, until the day it became a curse. One day, Chuck had to choose between two important events.
They may have been dealing with their animals for years, but Deb began to grow weary about one of their cows. The cow had begun to act strangely, and her abdomen was beginning to swell. Chuck reassured Deb that the cow was probably expecting twins, which was why she was so big. But that just further stressed Deb out. The last time they delivered twins was not easy whatsoever.
The same cow had become pregnant two years ago, and they found out that she was carrying twins. Even though it was a blessing, it was also extremely complicated. Having to calve twins can be extremely difficult. Because twins are smaller than single term calves, the chances of both twins surviving are slim. Sadly, both of the twins passed soon after being born. When the cow delivered a second time, though, everyone was in shock.
Deb may have been nervous, but Chuck wasn't. He promised his wife that they were prepared this time. They knew how to handle it if their cow was pregnant with twins again. Deb became emotional over the thought of losing twins again, but she was calmed by her husband's reassurance. She also checked on the pregnant cow. She seemed to be doing well, but this sense of relief would leave as soon as the cow went into labor.
Chuck's instincts called out to him one morning, and his cow was going to give birth. In a strange turn of events, his granddaughter's birth was scheduled for that day, as well. This concerned the couple. There was no way they could miss their granddaughter's birth, but they knew they had to help their cow. Sadly, the couple would have to make a tough decision. Luckily, their cow would continue to surprise them.
The couple was more than excited to witness the birth of their granddaughter. As soon as they got to the farm, their joy would only continue to grow. The cow wasn't in labor yet! Chuck and Deb were relieved! But the feelings of relief quickly turned into anxiety when Chuck noticed something was up with the cow. As soon as Chuck noticed it, he followed the cow. And it would prove to be the best decision he ever made.
Chuck realized that the cow's behavior was changing. Instead of calmly walking around, the cow began to slow her pace down. Chuck immediately noticed this change and he began to follow her. And thank goodness he did. He could tell that she was very uncomfortable. As Chuck was walking next to the cow, he realized she was beginning to heave. As she slowed down, Chuck knew she was close to delivery. But no one was prepared for what was to come.
As soon as the cow went into labor, Chuck knew something was wrong. He felt that something awful was about to happen. He began to grow uneasy as she began to crown. The cow did her best and Chuck did everything in his power to help here. After some heavy work, a lovely black calf was born. This is where things get strange. The mama cow wasn't finished yet, and what would follow would shock everyone.
The cow wasn't just having one calf. She wasn't even having just two calves. Surprisingly, the cow made it through the delivery of four calves. The whole farm was in awe. Everyone knew they needed to act quickly, though. If twin calves were underweight, imagine how small these calves were. The odds weren't in their favor. The chances that all of the calves would survive was 11.2 million in one. But that's when the miracle happened.
Unfortunately, the calves were too small to latch on to their mama, which meant Chuck and Deb would have to hand feed them. This exhausted the couple, though. They had to wake up all throughout the night to feed the tiny calves. Not only were they left feeling tired, but their farm was left in chaos, as well. They weren't able to keep up with their chores. That's when Deb had a spark of genius.
It wasn't long before the couple were suffering from severe exhaustion. Deb knew that something needed to be done to help her husband and herself. The farm would also begin to suffer if something wasn't done soon. Deb came up with a type of self-feeder teats for the tiny calves. They were now able to feed whenever they needed, and Deb and Chuck could continue to work on their farm. Deb shared their story on Facebook, but no one every expected the response they received.
Deb never thought she'd receive the responses that she did when she posted their story on Facebook. Her post was short, but she posted about how the couple was concerned for the cow and the calves. But she also explained how every one of them survived. People shared her post 80,000 times! People were inspired by the fight in the little calves. Their life honestly couldn't get any better.
Despite all of the odds, every one of the calves are happy and healthy. They are all feeding from their mama and are continuously growing strong. Given the beginning odds, their story is truly an inspirational one. And Chuck and Deb are lucky enough to have four brand new babies running around their farm. And what about the mama cow? She recovered from the birth and she's had no complications. She's back to grazing the field, this time with her four babies following her.