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Farmer celebrates 'panda cow' birth

Published 02/01/2011 | 08:21

Farmer Chris Jessen holds his new 'panda cow' named Ben (AP)
Farmer Chris Jessen holds his new 'panda cow' named Ben (AP)

A rare miniature cow with markings similar to a panda bear was born on a farm in northern Colorado.

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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 reported the male calf named Ben was born on Friday morning. His mother is a Lowline Angus cow.

Farmer Chris Jessen raises miniature cattle and also 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. Mr Jessen said panda calves can sell for 30,000 US dollars (£19,200)

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