Once, twice, three times the baby at Clifton Springs farm

The answer to the first question is, yes, the mother is doing fine.

And you have to ask because the dairy cow formerly dubbed “9333” that goes by C3PO these days (like the “Star Wars” robot) carried three girls — Leia, Padme and Rey — to three days shy of a full term of 280 days.

Each of her calves weighed in the neighborhood of 80 pounds at birth on Feb. 20, which is worth noting because a single calf can range anywhere from 60 to 120 pounds when born and twins can be 70 pounds, said Hannah Worden, who is a dairy farmer and part owner of the family Will-O-Crest Farm where the triplets were born.

Yes, this is out of this world, for a variety of reasons.

Veterinarian Dr. Brenda Moslock Carter, who helped deliver the girls, said you have no idea how hard it is to find information on cow triplets, but in her research she did find odds ranging from 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 50,000.

And birthing three females all at once, all of which are healthy? The University of Illinois put it at between 1 in 40,000 to 1 in 400,000.

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