Rain can't stop the miracle of birth at State Fair

Fourteen piglets and two kids were born Friday at the 2011 Oklahoma State Fair.
BY HEATHER WARLICK MOORE hwarlick@opubco.com Modified: September 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm •  Published: September 17, 2011

A little rain didn't stop many Oklahomans from venturing to the 2011 Oklahoma State Fair on Friday.

Those who ventured into Barn 4 to visit the Barnyard Birthing Center were in for a treat.

It was delivery day for 14 piglets and two goats.

“The first pig dropped out, and I had to tie the umbilical cord and cut the umbilical cord,” said Micah Smith, 16, of Coweta.

Smith said he's used to helping animals give birth — he raises sheep. But this was his first experience helping a sow birth. He was volunteering at the birthing center with his mother, Lori Smith.

One of the tiny piglets wasn't breathing when first born, Lori Smith said. That's when Mac DeVilbiss, a retired agriculture teacher in Yukon, came to the piglet's rescue.

He gave the animal mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, reviving the tiny creature.

“He's starting to perk up,” Lori Smith said. “We're still having to feed him because he won't nurse off his mama yet. So we're excited ... he's actually standing on his own four legs, barely.”

Of three sows in the exhibit, one birthed 17 piglets on Thursday, topping the 14 born on Friday morning. The third sow is expected to give birth soon.

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