Muzaffarnagar (Web Desk): Indian villagers were shocked to discover birth of a cow with human-like head at an animal shelter, prompting media attention to an unusual birth.
However, the cow died within an hour of its birth yesterday, in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, northern India.
It was just a matter of news circulated for once among the villagers, and what ensued next was crowd of people thronging to catch a sight of a weird-looking animal, believing it to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu, a Hindu God.
Locals believe the calf is the ‘Gokaran’ – 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and plans are now afoot to build a temple for him.
Mahesh Kathuria, 50, a local businessman who came to see the calf , said: ‘God has taken birth from the body of a local cow. We came here to seek his blessings. Religiously, it is an avatar of Vishnu. We believe it’s a similar character mentioned in Bhagavata Puran, a Hindu religious text.’
However, animal health experts have a different view on its birth and rubbishes any superstitions surrounding it.
Dr Ajay Deshmukh, senior veterinary doctor, at Wildlife SOS, in India, said: ‘This is a case of an anatomical anomaly. If a gene didn’t develop properly or there was a fault, it causes multiple structural deformities, and such anomalies happen. It has got only scientific reasons and explanations, there’s no superstitions here.’
The story is originally published by ‘Mirror’.