It must have been hard not to crack a smile the morning this unusually marked cow was born.
Key points: "Happy" the Holstein was born in West Gippsland earlier this week
"Happy" the Holstein was born in West Gippsland earlier this week The calf's breeders say they have never seen markings like his
The calf's breeders say they have never seen markings like his Happy will remain on the farm as a lawnmower and pet
Megan and Barry Coster breed about 700 calves a year at their stud farm in Ripplebrook in West Gippsland.
But of the thousands of calves they have bred over the years, none have come out with markings like a particular young Holstein born this week.
"We've seen some number sevens or love hearts on the head and a few strange markings, but we've never seen anything that resembles a smiley face before," Mrs Coster said.
Barry Coster collected the young Holstein — now affectionately known as "Happy" — during his morning rounds this week.
When he picked the calf up there was little to differentiate him from the rest of the herd.
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However, upon turning him around, Mr Coster was shocked to see a face smiling back at him.
He sent a photo straight to his wife.
"I couldn't believe it — I actually zoomed in at first to make sure that none of our workers had added some extra lines or anything, " Mrs Coster said.
Nearly 1.4 million of Australia’s 1.65 million dairy cows are Holsteins such as these, according to Dairy Australia. ( Rose Grant )
The unique markings have secured Happy's place on the farm in perpetuity.
Bobby calves such as "Happy" are animals, less than a month old that, on a dairy farm, are surplus to replacing the existing milking herd.
Happy's unique colouring means he's quickly become a staff favourite.
Despite being unlikely to join the Coster's roster of stud bulls, has found a new niche for himself.
"He's going to join those bulls and become a bit of a pet," Mrs Coster said.
"A few of our workers are keen to have him as a pet and a lawnmower in their yards as well.
Devi1_May_Cry on March 18th, 2023 at 11:52 UTC »
"I'm not penned in here with you; you're penned in here with me!"
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Albert_Borland on March 18th, 2023 at 10:02 UTC »
Why is this #3 on my front page? 36 points, no comments.
I don't get reddit sometimes.