Farmer celebrates 'panda cow' birth
Published 02/01/2011 | 08:21
A rare miniature cow with markings similar to a panda bear was 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 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)