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Sad Fate Awaits Mother Cow's Incredibly Rare Delivery

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All the cows at Gilbertson Farm are named numerically. But there's something about 7, 8 and 9 that separates them from all the other cows on the farm.

It all started at about 8 a.m. one late August day, when 35 the cow gave birth to a healthy calf, named 7.

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One mother cow gives birth to one baby cow - that was supposed to be the end of the story. But it didn't end there. Ten hours later, farmer Greg Gilbertson got a call from his son who said this mother cow wasn't done yet.

The mother gave birth to 7's twin, named 8. Gilbertson was pleased to have more cows, but still, there was nothing too out of the ordinary about a mother giving birth to twin calves, according to Inforum.

Then, fifteen minutes later, Gilbertson received a second phone call from his son, saying, "You're not going to believe this."

By giving birth to her third calf that day, number 35 did something pretty rare in the cow world. According to experts, triplets only occur about once every 105,000 births.

Gilbertson said that number 35 handled the three births like a champ. "She's about the tamest cow we've got," he said. "They all popped right out."

Of course, there is a dark shadow hanging over these joyous births. The calves will only grow until early May, when their lives will be cut short in order to supply the beef market's demands. "That's still $3,000 worth of cows there," Gilbertson said about the newborns.

Although a grim future looms over these calves' lives, we can still celebrate their rare birth.