March goes out like a lamb — or four of them
Audrey Svetich came out to peer into her barn St. Paddy's Day morning, expecting to gawk at a beautiful newborn lamb.
"I said, 'Aaw, look at the little lamb,' and (husband John) said, 'Keep on looking.'"
There wasn't just one.
"I came out real early in the morning, around 3 a.m. and nothing had happened then," John said. "I came back sometime around 8 a.m. and then there were four."
Twins and triplets are far more common among sheep but farming experts say quadruplets are extremely rare.
So rare, that it inspired the Daily Mail UK to report on a sheep giving birth to quadruplets not once but twice within 10 months in 2012.
Internet searches on quadruplet lambs show they're not unheard of but quite out of the ordinary. John and Audrey had no clue their sheep was carrying four babies.
The Svetich's aren't new to their sheep having multiples. Last year they saw triplets, although one of the babies died at birth, and the year before twins.