A video has surfaced of a calf born at an animal shelter in northern India with facial features resembling that of a human.
The calf, who died within an hour of being born on June 1, had human-like eyes, nose, and ears, while the rest of its body had cow features, according to DailyMail.
News of the deformed calf’s arrival quickly spread throughout the village, and it wasn’t long before visitors from across the region began pouring into the shelter to catch a glimpse of the calf, who was encased in a glass box as a makeshift shrine.
Thousands of visitors gathered to worship the creature, which they declare is a Hindu God and the ‘Gokaran,’ otherwise known as the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
One local businessman who came to see the calf, told reporters: “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.” Adding that “it’s a similar character mentioned in Bhagavata Puran, a Hindu religious text.”
In the video below, visitors are seen offering flower garlands and bowing before the dead calf.
Plans are currently underway to cremate the calf and build a temple for him.
However, animal health experts are taking a less superstitious stance on the calf’s unusual features, insisting it was likely caused by a rare genetic anomaly.
Dr. Ajay Deshmukh, a senior veterinary doctor at Wildlife SOS in India, stated: ‘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 [are] no superstitions here.’
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