Thursday 14 December 2017

Farmer celebrates 'panda cow' birth

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.

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)

Press Association

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