A Whaplode smallholder remains bullish in her quest to find the mystery, moo-nlighting lover who put her cow, Jackie, in the family way.
Sam Crompton (38) launched a “who’s the daddy?” appeal on Facebook when her short-legged, red Dexter called Jackie was discovered to be five or six months pregnant after she was sold to a new owner in Reading.
As far as Sam was aware, Jackie hadn’t been near a bull in two years so the news came as a shock – and turned Sam into a woman with a mission to discover the identity of the dad.
She had hoped Spalding Guardian readers would help her solve the mystery, but no one has come forward.
“There’s been a lot of people making jokey comments about who it could be,” said Sam.
Through a mutual pal, Sam has ruled out a bull belonging to a farmer in Whaplode St Catherine, some two-and-a-half miles away, and now intends to focus her search on Moulton before going further afield.
Sam said: “I asked someone who knows the lady in Whaplode St Catherine and she says it’s not her bull.
“A lot of bulls get locked away in the winter time so it’s even stranger that one is going to be out and about at night.”
There’s been some good news from Jackie’s new family in Reading.
Sam said: “She just had her first show and got a second place – not bad at five-six months pregnant.”
Once Jackie gives birth in about three months’ time, her new family will send a photograph of the calf to Sam ... and that could aid her quest if the newborn turns out to be a real chip off the old block.
• Sam’s partner, Chris Aedy, was the one who first suggested the name for Jackie the cow.
Sam told us: “My mother is called Jackie. The coincidence? They are both red heads.”