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Some see divine sign in cow born at Conn. dairy

Moses, a Jersey Holstein calf mix at Brad Davis and Megan Johnson's farm in Sterling, Conn, has a white marking on its forehead in the approximate shape of a cross. Moses, a Jersey Holstein calf mix at Brad Davis and Megan Johnson's farm in Sterling, Conn, has a white marking on its forehead in the approximate shape of a cross. (AP Photo/The Norwich Bulletin, Aaron Flaum)
December 9, 2009

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STERLING, Conn.—A holy cow in Connecticut, perhaps? Or maybe a divine bovine? A calf with a white marking on its forehead in the approximate shape of a cross was born last week at a dairy farm in Sterling, a small rustic town on the Rhode Island border. Owner Brad Davis told WFSB-TV he thinks the marking may be a message from above, though he's still trying to figure out what that message might be.

The mostly brown calf is half Jersey, half Holstein. Neighborhood children have named it Moses.

The chairman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Dairy Science tells the Norwich Bulletin newspaper it's not unusual for a Holstein cow to have a white marking on its head. But department chairman Ric Grummer says the cross shape is unique.

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