Carnivorous cow gobbles up 48 chickens
WHEN dozens of chickens went missing from a remote West Bengal village, everyone blamed the neighbourhood dogs.
But Ajit Ghosh, the owner of the missing poultry, eventually solved the puzzle when he caught his cow - a sacred animal for the Hindu family - gobbling up several of them at night.
The family mounted an overnight vigil in the cowshed which also served as a hen-coop, after 48 chickens disappeared.
"We were shocked to see our calf eating chickens alive," Mr Ghosh said.
Gour Ghosh, his brother, added: "Instead of the dogs, we watched in horror as the calf, whom we had fondly named Lal, sneaked to the coop and grabbed the little ones with the precision of a jungle cat."
Mihir Satpathy, a district veterinary officer, said: "We think lack of vital minerals is causing this behaviour.
"This strange behaviour is possible in some exceptional cases."
Ajit Ghosh added: "The local vets said the cow was probably suffering from a disease but others said Lal was a tiger in his previous birth."
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