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North Carolina sheep gives birth to rare quadruplets

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March 14 (UPI) -- A North Carolina farmer has four lambs to care for after one of his ewes gave birth to a rare set of quadruplets.

David Hendrix, owner of Lickstone Farm in Waynesville, said one of his Katahdin sheep gave birth March 3 to three female babies and one male.

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Hendrix said two of the lambs are being bottle-fed to reduce the strain on the mother. He said one of the female lambs has taken a special liking to him and follows him around the farm while he works.

Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine says there is only about a 1 in 500 chance of a sheep giving birth to quadruplets. Ewes generally give birth to one to two lambs each time.

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