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?
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 LAug 26, 2013 at 5:39
@AL Well it was originally accepted, so I guess it was considered to be the right color.– DanielAug 26, 2013 at 13:17
I wonder on what basis they considered it to be the right color in the first place.– A LAug 26, 2013 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.– DanielAug 26, 2013 at 19:19
thelakewoodscoop.com/news/2015/01/…– Gershon GoldJan 15, 2015 at 16:36
According to GlobalNext.org - page 5 the Para Aduma born in 2002 was disqualified as it grew 3 white hairs.
This link seems to have gone dead. Are you able to find another source?– DanielDec 8, 2014 at 18:42
@Daniel: Sorry I do not have another source. The link was active when the answer was submitted. Dec 8, 2014 at 18:51
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.