Named “Ha-chan” — meaning “heart” in Japanese — was born at the Yamakun dairy farm 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Tokyo in Fujisawa, Japan, a mere 20 days ago.
Japanese farmer Kazunori Yamazaki was astonished when he discovered the baby ox the morning after he was born on his farm complete with a love-heart-shaped marking on his forehead
Amazingly enough, the curious creature was also born in the year of the Ox. He has become a local celebrity, with people flocking from all over the country to see the almost near-perfect pattern on his forehead.
“Good timing for Valentine’s Day.” said Kazunori.
An appeal has been made in Japan to save the baby “Valentine” bull from the butcher’s chop.
The farmer hopes that someone will buy him as a romantic gift for Valentine’s Day — otherwise his days are sadly numbered according to Kazunori, who says he can’t keep the male bull at his farm.
Kazunori hopes that a zoo or a tourism farm will volunteer to take care of him.
Ha-chan may be a local celebrity, but if no-one can give him a home he will have to be sold for meat.
But Ha-chan won’t have to go to the slaughterhouse quite yet, as young bulls are normally sold for meat at the age of 2 years. If a new owner isn’t found before then, “even Cupid would find it difficult to protect him.”