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Photos: The miracle of birth isn't always pretty

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A mother and daughter share a moment of birth.
A mother and daughter share a moment as they view a pig giving birth to up to 16 piglets.
Maria Alejandra Cardona | MPR News

Curiosity, awe, disgust  — a gamut of emotions run across people's faces at the Miracle of Birth barn at the State Fair. 

One of the fair's most popular exhibits, around 200 calves, lambs, goats and piglets are born in public here each year.

Since babies don't arrive on a schedule — some births occur during the night or early morning — all births are taped, and played on big screens inside the barn. 

The faces of those watching the live or taped births are almost as interesting to watch as the births themselves.