Thirsty calf milks human kindness

Thirsty calf milks human kindness - A HUNGRY orphaned calf is experiencing first hand the milk of human kindness — suckling daily from an Indian woman's breasts.

Couthi Bai breastfeeds the 46-day-old cow three to four times a day, claiming there is no difference between the calf and a human baby.

Her fellow villagers in India, where cows are considered to be sacred animals, are supportive of her bond with the calf.

Close ... woman and calf  enjoy a special bond
Close ... woman and calf enjoy a special bond

Couthi said: "After her mother died, I held her in my arms and breastfed her. I nurtured her by feeding her my milk.

"She was so young when the cow died. For me, there is no difference between a calf and an infant.

"I feed her three or four times a day, the same amount an infant requires in a day.

"Sometimes we have to feed her chapatis, we give her water to drink and slowly she will grow on this diet.

"The gods will be pleased if I raise her."

Other residents of the village of Kilchu do not seem pay much attention.

One villager said: "It's the first time this has happened in our village. Whenever she goes to the fields she takes the calf along. Like our mother brought us up by feeding us her milk, similarly, she is nourishing the calf with her milk.

The 46-day-old calf now follows her wherever she goes.

Bai lives in Kilchu in India's northern desert state of Rajasthan.

A video was released last year of a woman from Japan breastfeeding her cat.

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