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Rare Panda Cow Born in Colorado

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
A rare miniature cow with markings similar to a panda

Courtesy Loveland Reporter-Herald

A rare miniature cow with markings similar to a panda's has been born on a farm in northern Colorado.

The so-called "panda cow" born in Larimer County is thought to be one of only about 24 in the world.

The (Loveland) Reporter-Herald reports the male calf named Ben was born Friday morning. His mother is a lowline Angus cow.

Farmer Chris Jessen raises miniature cattle and even owns a miniature kangaroo on his hobby farm.

The miniature panda cow is the result of genetic manipulation. A white belt encircles the animal's midsection, and the cow has a white face with black ovals around the eyes, giving it a panda-like appearance.

The mini-cattle are bred solely as pets. Jessen says panda calves can sell for $30,000.


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