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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Hoof-lickin' good: Calf eats chickens

Hundreds of people rush to Chandpur village in West Bengal to see a male calf defy its herbivore nature by eating live chicks.

kolkata Updated:


Hundreds of people have rushed to a village to see a male calf defy its herbivore nature by eating live chicks.

Poultry farmer AjitGhosh said he discovered the calf's strange behaviour after dozens of his newborn chickens went missing from his combined cow shed and chicken coop.

"I guess the calf was a tiger in his previous birth," he said. "We were shocked to see that our one-month-old calf sneaked up to the coop, caught a little chick like a jungle cat and gobbled it up alive in seconds."

A police superintendent in West Bengal said hundreds of people have been flocking to the farm in Chandpur, with a veterinarian also called in to investigate.

"If I had not seen the calf chewing up a chicken, I could not believe it," Rajesh Kumar Singh said.

UmapatiChatterjee, a doctor at a veterinary hospital in Kolkata, said there may be a scientific reason for the behaviour."I think the calf is suffering from pika, a rare disease caused by deficiency of salt and other minerals," Chatterjee said.Ghosh said his calf has now been named Lal ('Red'), after the colour which symbolises strength.

First Published: Mar 08, 2007 14:20 IST