Is baby cow used in another context as for calf? I've just received the message

Our cow baby died today

Is it possible that he talks about something else than a calf?

This was mentioned in a small talk conversation like:

A: "Hey, how are you?"
B: "Hey, not so good. Our cow baby died today."

He's from India. I don't know if it's common to keep cows there. However, he's not a "real" farmer at all.

  • That might explain why the speaker said "cow baby" and not "baby cow", who knows. Usually with larger animals we add baby in front, such as baby bear, baby elephant, baby dolphin, but "cow baby" is a bit unusual.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 8:46
  • @Mari-LouA Mentioned my edit? Does "cow baby" differ from "baby cow" somehow?
    – OddDev
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 8:48
  • No, I wouldn't say so. It's funny how "cow baby" sounds quite natural, "elephant baby" works too, but not "bear baby" or "lion baby".... interesting.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 8:51
  • The only one who knows what it exactly means and if he talks about something else than a calf is your friend in India.
    – user140086
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 9:40

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Cow baby is just what is sound like - a calf. He might be a milk vendor as it is common in India for people in semi - rural areas to open a stable for cows and sell their milk. Also, some people in urban areas will keep a cow as people just want to keep continuing the tradition that was followed by their ancestors

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