Not in mythology but research, traces of gold found in cow urine
Junagadh: You might have read the story of a golden egg laying hen but there are several cows in Gir of Gujarat with gold in their urine.
The scientists at Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU) after a research of four years have found gold in the urine of Gir cows. The scientists have analysed urine samples of 400 Gir cows at the Food Testing Laboratory of JAU and have found traces of gold ranging from three mg to 10 mg from one litre urine.
The precious metal was found in ionic form, which is gold-salts soluble in water.
The team of scientists was led by Dr B A Golakia, head of JAU's biotechnology department, and they have used gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) method to analyze to test these samples.
"Till now, we have heard about presence of gold in cow urine from our ancient scriptures and its medicinal properties. Since there was no detailed scientific analysis to prove this, we decided to undertake a research on cow urine. We analyzed 400 samples of Gir cow urine and found traces of gold," Golakia said.
The gold from urine can be extracted and solidified using chemical processes.