USDA officials have tracked down one of the babies of the California mad cow!
The sad thing is they had to euthanize the offspring.
There is no test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, that keeps the cow alive.
So they killed it and then studied the brain.
Even sadder? The baby didn't have mad cow disease.
We understand safety is first, but that doesn't make it any less sad.
It is important they do this, mainly because when people eat infected meat, they can become very sick from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).
The disease affects a person's movement and mental abilities and can be fatal.
We hope they got the last of the cows so no people get sick and no more cows need to die!
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