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Tiny bull calf dies after nearly 7 months at vet school

May 30, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State University says a tiny bull calf named Lil’ Bill has died of an infection after nearly seven months at the university’s veterinary school.

The prematurely born calf was brought to the vet school in early November, and weighed only 7 pounds 9 ounces (3.4 kilograms) — about one-sixth to one-tenth the weight of an average newborn calf.

A photo taken in March shows the calf in low grass that reaches his belly.

A news release on Tuesday said the tiny bull died Monday. It quoted veterinarian Gretchen Grissett as saying his immature digestive system and lungs contributed to his death.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that social media posts about the calf’s progress over the months had been attracting thousands of views and comments.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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