Mammoth calf born in public operation

Calf is born by Caesarean at Cannon Hall Farm in front of 200 people.'It is only the second calf to be born this way in 50 years.
Calf is born by Caesarean at Cannon Hall Farm in front of 200 people.'It is only the second calf to be born this way in 50 years.
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A supersize calf was delivered in front of hundreds of people at a South Yorkshire farm.

The male Highland animal was too big at 60 kilograms – compared to the normal 40kg weight of a newborn calf – to be delivered naturally.

It came into the world safely via a two-hour Caesarean delivery at Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, in front of a large crowd of visitors.

Robert Nicholson, farm co-owner, said: “It is only the second time in 5o years that we have had a calf born this way – it is a fairly rare occurrence.

“It wasn’t going to come out naturally because it was just too big – it had benefited from the spring grass.

“The unusual thing was the vet did it in front of 250 people.

“It was interesting to watch as I’ve never seen one before.

“Another Highland calf is due any day now and we hope this birth goes much more smoothly.”

The farm is planning to run a competition for visitors to name the new Highland calf.

Another new arrival at the attraction is a baby llama, which was born on Saturday.