MITI MINGI VILLAGE, Kenya, April 23 (UPI) -- A Kenyan family said their cow has developed a a habit of killing and eating sheep and they fear it could move on to attacking humans.
Charles Mamboleo of Miti Mingi Village in Nakuru County said he woke up recently to discover the cow had gored a sheep to death and was feeding on the animal's meat.
Mamboleo said increasing the cow's rations of food and water did not quench its bloodthirst.
"After the first incident, we thought the cow was starving, so we increased the supply of fodder and water, but it still continued chasing after sheep," Mamboleo told The Daily Nation.
Mamboleo's wife, Consepta Kerubo, said she feared the cow could move on to seeing the couple's young children as a food source.
Albert Kabugi, an agricultural expert, said the cow may have turned carnivore because it is missing the nutrients and minerals normally found in green grass, which has become scarce as a result of recent drought.
"The dry season, which has just ended, has seen most animals lack minerals found in green grass," he said.
Kabugi said the cow was the first he knows of to develop a taste for live meat.