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Phnom Penh - Students were flocking in their hundreds to make offerings of money and incense to the dead body of a two-headed calf in the belief it was a gift from heaven that may increase their brainpower, provincial police said on Sunday.
Koh Sotin district police chief Yit Yoeun of Kompong Cham province, about 130km north-east of the capital, said that the calf had been born last Thursday and word had spread quickly that it was a miracle which may help students pass upcoming exams.
The calf's owner had packed the animal's body in ice to preserve it for worshippers, who pay anything from a few cents to a few dollars for an audience, he added.
"Students donate money and pray to the calf with incense because maybe they think that the two-headed calf is a clever calf from God and it might help them become clever students, too," Yit Yoeun told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa by telephone.
"Some of the worshippers also come from pure curiosity because it is a natural miracle for them so they want to see it."
Local media quoted the owner Om Se, 52, as saying the calf was the second for its five-year-old mother, who had seemed like just an ordinary cow until her miracle calf was delivered near the local high school last week. - Sapa-dpa