Thursday 21 September 2017

Mini cow looks like panda bear

Peanut the miniature cow has markings similar to those of a panda (AP)
Peanut the miniature cow has markings similar to those of a panda (AP)
John Bartheld has bred a miniature cow that looks like a panda (AP)
Peanut grazes near his mother Midget on John Bartheld's farm (AP)
John Bartheld holds Peanut the panda cow on his farm at Roy, Washington state (AP)

John Bartheld breeds miniature cows on his farm at Roy, Washington state, hoping to recreate black and white markings in the pattern of a panda bear.

He succeeded on June 28 when Peanut was born. From most angles Peanut looks like the endangered Chinese bear with a big belt of white fur, a white face and black hair around the eyes.

Peanut never strays far from his mother Midget, who was artificially inseminated. Another panda cow born on July 3, Star, has similar markings, but not as well-defined as Peanut's.

Mr Bartheld likes miniature cattle because he can keep more of them on the pasture and still maintain the lush green look of his farm.

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