Cows no more vegetarian

Monday, April 28, 2008

Cows no more vegetarian

We were shocked to see our calf eating chickens alive," Ghosh told
Reuters by phone from Chandpur village, about 240 kilometers (150
miles) northwest of Kolkata.

The family decided to stand guard at night on Monday at the cow shed
which also served as a hen coop, after 48 chickens went missing in a

"Instead of the dogs, we watched in horror as the calf, whom we had
fondly named Lal, sneak to the coop and grab the little ones with the
precision of a jungle cat," Gour Ghosh, his brother, said.

Local television pictures showed the cow grabbing and eating a
chicken in seconds and a vet confirmed the case.

"We think lack of vital minerals in the body is causing this
behavior. We have taken a look and have asked doctors to look into
the case immediately," Mihir Satpathy, a district veterinary officer,
said by phone.

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