Immaculate cow-nception: “virgin” cow gives birth to calf despite there being no bull on farm
Meet the Virgin MOO-ry, a cow who fell pregnant with a calf without a bull being present.
Harriet the Dexter cow shocked staff at Pinewood Nurseries in Stoke Poges, Bucks, with very own immaculate COW-nception.
Liz Robinson, owner Pinewood Nurseries, was left baffled by the arrival of baby Petal as the nursery don’t own any bulls.
This begs the question – MOO’s the daddy?
Petal made her surprise appearance on December 8 2014, eight months after Harriet had arrived at Pinewood with six other cows.
Liz, 30, said: “Petal is our very own moo-siah.
“We had absolutely no idea Harriet was pregnant until she woke us up in labour.
“She didn’t look any different to the others – just another fat cow.
“We have never bred cows at the nursery so we don’t have any bulls.
“We weren’t told Harriet was pregnant when we bought her so when Petal arrived we were all stumped.”
Liz has owned Pinewood with her husband, Tom, and her sister Maria Jackson, both 33, for just over ten years.
They have been rearing Dexter cows for meat in their farm shop for four years but have never bred their own, instead they buy them in from a livestock supplier.
As a result they have never needed a stud on the farm and were shocked when Harriet woke them up with labour noises in the middle of the night.
Liz said: “One of the cows woke Tom up with their loud lowing.
“He rushed down to see what was going on.
“When he got there Harriet was in the middle of labour and that was the first we knew.
“We thought some of the others might have been pregnant, but we’ve had no babies since.”
Fortunately for Petal – named after the flowers grown at the nursery – she is not destined to be sold in the farm shop.
The beautiful orange baby girl wasn’t the only new arrival at the nursery though.
Only a week before, piglets had been born but this time there was a straight forward answer – they have a sow on the 15 acre property.