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In 2002, various news sources reported that a red heifer was found and the Temple Institute in Israel declared it kosher. Many of these sources later reported that the parah aduma was disqualified later that year, but I cannot find any information on why it was disqualified. Does anybody know why the 2002 red heifer was disqualified?

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It could be my computer screen, but that cow looks nothing like red. It looks like just a darker shade of brown, totally expected and common genetic variation. – A L Aug 26 '13 at 5:39
@AL Well it was originally accepted, so I guess it was considered to be the right color. – Daniel Aug 26 '13 at 13:17
I wonder on what basis they considered it to be the right color in the first place. – A L Aug 26 '13 at 19:16
@AL I don't know. It looks pretty red to me. I don't know exactly what color the parah aduma is supposed to be, though. – Daniel Aug 26 '13 at 19:19
up vote 12 down vote accepted

According to GlobalNext.org - page 5 the Para Aduma born in 2002 was disqualified as it grew 3 white hairs.

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This link seems to have gone dead. Are you able to find another source? – Daniel Dec 8 '14 at 18:42
@Daniel: Sorry I do not have another source. The link was active when the answer was submitted. – Gershon Gold Dec 8 '14 at 18:51
Yeah, I know it was. I was just hoping against the odds that I'd be able to find something again. It was hard enough to find the first time. That's why I posted the question. – Daniel Dec 8 '14 at 18:52

Since the link in Gershon Gold's answer no longer works and I have been unsuccessful at finding any other information online, I decided to email the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. This is a quote from the email I received back:

Previous candidates for parah adumah have been disqualified after having grown more than two non-red hairs. A parah adumah born a year ago in New Jersey was disqualified after it became pregnant and gave birth.

So apparently the 2002 parah adumah did indeed grow more than two non-red hairs.

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