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N.C. State Police Officer Delivers Aid To Cow In Labor

Posted July 28, 2001

— Police academies always try to prepare their trainees for everything before they can wear a badge. North Carolina State University police officer Katie McNeil says she was trained in how to deliver a baby, but not a baby calf.

During a routine patrol of the Veterinary School property, McNeil noticed a cow was lying down and in labor.

She called upon the farm supervisor to come to the cow's aid but discovered the job required two pairs of hands.

"And I told her I really didn't know a whole lot about farm animals, so she told me to grab a leg and pull. Real simple instructions, and I did, and within just a few minutes, the calf was born," said McNeil.

Cows can deliver calves on their own, but it does take longer and is more stressful on the calf.

McNeil had one more surprise after the calf was born: it was named Katie, in her honor.

McNeil will continue to patrol the pastures, and will pay special attention to Katie.

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