CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Once again proving there's nothing you cannot find on the Internet, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture posted live photos from a baby cow's birth on its Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.
"Our Twitter just blew up," media specialist Rudi Raynes said. "It's amazing how quick it caught on."
The department's Twitter account gained 20 followers in about 15 minutes, but the event was still making the rounds hours after the calf was born.
And why not? In February, a hospital in Houston live-tweeted a woman's caesarian section. Last year, a Seattle hospital posted live updates from a cochlear implant surgery. The National Zoo in Washington famously tweeted about a panda's artificial insemination in May.
"Tweeting the play by play of the birth of a baby calf got a follow from me," Culloden firefighter Jason Burger tweeted. "You guys know how to throw a party."
Even Secretary of State Natalie Tennant expressed her approval, writing, "This farm girl appreciates your play by play."
"Any minute a new calf will be on its way. This mama's water has broken so we should be seeing a new addition soon!" Raynes posted.
Tension mounted 20 minutes later when Raynes reported "Mama is down on the ground and pushing."
Over the next half hour, Twitter users watched as the hooves emerged, followed by the head.
"We have a head! But mama keeps standing up. Farmers are now moving in to help her continue birth," Raynes tweeted about 40 minutes after the original post.
The next series of photos shows an unidentified farmer grabbing hold of the calf's front legs and pulling it free from its mother, Betsy. Betsy then proceeded to clean the afterbirth from her young calf as the farmer spoke to the crowd, explaining what they had just witnessed.