Photos: The miracle of birth isn't always pretty


A mother and daughter share a moment of birth.
1 A mother and daughter share a moment as they view a pig giving birth to up to 16 piglets. 
Piglets rest near their mother under a heat lamp.
2 Piglets rest near their mother under a heat lamp. 
A girl holding a Squirtle pokemon doll watches the miracle of birth videos.
3 A girl holding a Squirtle Pokemon doll watches the videos at the Miracle of Birth barn. 
A cow gets close to delivery.
4 A pregnant cow waits in the Miracle of Birth barn, ready to give birth soon. 
Kids get an opportunity to see piglets being fed by their mother.
5 Kids with painted faces get an opportunity to see piglets being fed by their mother. 
Visitors can watch a taped birth while waiting for a live one to happen.
6 The Miracle of Birth barn is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and visitors can watch a taped birth while waiting for a live one to happen. 
People watch the previously recorded videos of the animals giving birth.
7 People watch previously recorded videos of animals giving birth during their stay at the fair. 
A family of five have different reactions as they view a cow giving birth.
8 A family of five have different reactions as they view a cow giving birth to her calf. 
People flocked into the Miracle of Birth on a windy Thursday afternoon.
9 People flocked into the Miracle of Birth on a windy Thursday afternoon at the State Fair. 
People come into the barn and immediately view the videos.
10 People come into the barn and immediately view the videos. 
As the calf is pulled from its mother, people react from the bleachers.
11 As the calf is pulled from its mother, people react from the bleachers. 
People get a chance to touch the young newborns.
12 People get a chance to touch the young newborns as they get acquainted with the thousands of fairgoers.