A cow with five legs has been hailed a miracle because when pregnant women touch its fifth hoof they give birth to baby boys.
Raj Pratap’s three-year-old male calf, called Raju, now is a star in Raipur, India, since a woman with four daughters touched the animal’s fifth hoof and begged for her next child to be a boy.
The woman delivered twin boys in February this year, word soon spread that the calf’s fifth leg. Raju’s anomaly a very rare condition which affects just one in every five million cows.
Since news got out about the fifth leg, Mr Pratap, a cattle herder, has been swamped by pregnant women who pay to touch the hoof with 30 women so far stumping up around 500 rupees, around £5, for the privilege.
All the 30 women delivered boys. The owner of the cow is so confident of his ‘miracle calf’ that he offers refunds if the baby born is a girl.
On December 23, the cow celebrated its 33rd victory, after the woman who touched its ‘magical hoof’ gave birth to triplets….all of them boys.
It should be pointed out that in India boys are ‘more valued’ than girls as they have ‘greater earning potential’ to support the family.