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If you have nothing to do over Labor Day, why not turn on your computer and spend it watching THE MIRACLE OF LIFE? All holiday weekend, Animal Planet will be showing a live feed on its website of various species giving birth and spoiler alert: it will be intense, slimy and have a damn cute ending.

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The feed, called Labor Live, will be streamed from the Nebraska State Fair because, according to Deadline,

Each year at the Nebraska State Fair, the Birthing Pavilion provides attendees the opportunity to see live animal births under the supervision of trained professionals from the University of Nebraska School of Veterinary Medicine and members of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. With expert commentary from University of Nebraska veterinarians, the Labor Live Cam will broadcast 24/7 from the pavilion, which is the temporary home to expecting cows, sows, ewes, and chickens.

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Throughout the weekend, Animal Planet (the network) will be complimenting the live feed with on-air animal birth alerts.

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I have to admit, as someone with livestock experience, the fact that there's a "birthing pavilion" at a freaking State Fair is troubling. I mean, when we used to show horses at State Fair and we always had to give strangles boosters because if you didn't, it was practically a guarantee they'd be coming home with that. Vesicular stomatitis has also literally cancelled a lot of shows recently in CO (and that doesn't just affect horses), which of course is right next door to Nebraska...

Sorry to be all Debbie Downer here, but I find it kind of troubling that pregnant female critters and newborn offspring are being exposed to higher risk of disease and the stress of travel and having crowds of strangers in gawking at them. At the breeding operations I have experience with, we work to provide a quiet, safe, stress-free experience for mare and foal or bitch and pups or whatever (I also have experience with goats and pigs), and are extremely careful about exposure to other animals that could transmit disease (even indirect exposure, like someone petting an infected horse and then petting a pregnant mare).