The new arrivals make themselves at home. Pic: Clive Barton

LIFE they say is full of surprises, just ask west Cork farmers Sheila and Denis Crowley.

It was certainly something of a surprise for the Crowleys when they discovered that one of their cows had unexpectedly given birth to triplets.

The Crowleys, of Derrincorrin in Adrigole on the Beara Peninsula come from generations of farmers.

They were well aware that one of their herd was in calf, but the multiple birth was definitely a first for them.

The new calves, two bulls and one maiden, were born on May 27th last and have been named Aaron (after their grandson), Alannah (after their grand-daughter), and Lafferty (after their son-in-law who discovered the calves’ arrival).

Sheila said, “My son-in-law Kevin found them all together in the field, just after they had been born.

“Thankfully there were no complications and they’re all doing well.  We were all delighted, and very surprised.”

According to Washington State University of Veterinary Medicine in the US, the odds on a cow delivering three calves is one in  100,000.