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Bizarre Foods Host Andrew Zimmern Just Showed Us The Birth Of A Baby Lamb

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You gotta love Andrew Zimmern, he does a lot for us food enthusiasts. He eats all the crickets and lizards we never knew we never wanted, and he teaches us about life in the process — today, that lesson is on what it looks like to birth a cute baby lamb.

The past couple days, Bizarre Foods TV host Andrew Zimmern has been trotting around the Minnesota State Fair, Instagramming pictures of fries and cheese curds. Here’s proof:

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Then all of a sudden, he seems to make a B-line to the livestock area and starts documenting the miracle of birth. Let’s all take a moment and be thankful for Andrew Zimmern’s diligence and curiosity.

Animal births often get overlooked (mainly because the majority of us don’t live on farms in Minnesota), but they are a genuinely beautiful (and slimy) thing. Watching a baby lamb come out of its mother in all its film and glory, head and hooves first, is an awesome reminder of the miracle of life — and where our food comes from.

This Is What A Very, Very Pregnant Lamb Looks Like:

Sheep getting ready… @mnffa

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As you can see, we’re about to learn — and see — a lot. This is genuinely a very crucial process, as upwards of 20% of newborn lambs can die within the first week of being born if they are not properly taken care of. Look at that glistening bosom. You can just imagine Andrew Zimmern’s excitement as he whips out his smartphone to capture the glory:

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Lamb number two, a little boy named Viper! @mnffa A video posted by Andrew Zimmern (@chefaz) on

Touchdown! Little baby girl newly named Java was just born

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EPIC: Minnesota State Fair Has Deep-Fried Breakfast On-a-Stick and Jello Salad

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It’s that time of year again. Rusty roller coasters form under the blazing summer sun. Enormous SpongeBob plush dolls hang above rigged Ball & Basket! games. Everything from Twinkies to last night’s leftovers get deep-fried and sold for a Hamilton.

Yes, the food. Fairs are prime breeding grounds for “insane” eats that cater to our thrill-seeking arteries. The Minnesota State Fair has mastered this arena — slinging the usual funnel cakes and turkey legs alongside new, er, groundbreaking offerings.

Check ’em out:

Breakfast on a Stick

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A pancake sandwich with American and Swiss cheese, a sausage patty, egg and Canadian bacon that gets dipped in sweet batter then deep-fried on a stick.

 

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Beer Gelato

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Creamy gelato blended with craft beer

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Blue Cheese & Corn Fritz

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Deep-fried corn fritters filled with blue cheese and served with chimichurri dipping.

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Chicken in the Waffle

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Crispy chicken smothered in sausage gravy and stuffed in a waffle cone.

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Deep-Fried Lobster On-A-Stick

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Canadian lobster chunks poached in butter, doused in corn batter, then deep-fried. Of course.

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Jello Salad Ice Cream

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A sweet cream based packed with lime juice, cranberry sauce and marshmallows dipped in marshmallow crème.

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Picthx Minnesota State Fair

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Minnesota Cooks Up Some Deep Fried Lamb Testicles for the State Fair

Well, at least they’re not human.

Rounding out (pun completely intended) the list of 40 new foods coming to the Minnesota State Fair this summer is a little something called “Lamb Fries,” which isn’t nearly as innocuous as it sounds. Served in the International Bazaar by the Holy Land Deli, Lamb Fries are actually a “Traditional Middle Eastern dish of lamb testicles marinated with Holy Land spices.”

Because marinades and spices make everything better.

Actually served in several cuisines such as Italian, Turkish and Chinese, Lamb Fries, like Rocky Mountain Oysters, are touted to have oodles of health benefits, like reducing cellulite and increasing immune response. The fair’s version will be served grilled with sautéed onions or deep fried, covered with crumb coating.

Because these suckers are being branded as “fries,” I personally want to know how many people will have an experience like Chevy Chase’s character in “Funny Farm,” who broke a restaurant’s record of 30 “fries” before realizing they were, in fact, sheep balls and fleeing from the scene.

Among other gnarly concoctions cropping up around state fairs nationwide this summer are the Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookies in Texas, Deep Fried Mashed Potatoes in Florida, and the Camel Meat Burger Sliders back in Minnesota.

I think I’ll stick to my Chocolate Covered Bacon, thanks.