A FARMING family have received a triple surprise.
It's a reasonably rare sight for a cow to produce twins.
However, what Richard Gould and his family were not expecting the morning after having helped their Friesian cow 'Spot' at their Folds End Farm, Longnor, calve twins, was to wake up to a third calf.
Spot had been trying to calve for a while one evening last month.
When Andrew Gould stepped into to assist, he quickly noticed that she was having twins and assisted the cow in calving a bull calf followed by a heifer that arrived backwards.
After confirming that both mother and her two new calves were healthy Andrew and his family returned to the farmhouse, leaving the cow and calves in the croft.
Next morning they were surprised to find another heifer calf with Spot.
Carol Gould, Andrew's mother said: "At first we thought it must have come from somewhere else, but with no other animal expected to calf, we realised she'd had triplets."
The Gould's have farmed at Folds End Farm for close to 50 years and they have never experienced triplets before, although they have had a few twins.