CAMPION, Colo. – A rare miniature cow with markings similar to a panda was born on a farm in northern Colorado.
The calf 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 New Year’s Eve. His mother is a Lowline Angus cow.
Farmer Chris Jessen raises miniature cattle and also owns a miniature kangaroo on his hobby farm.
The panda markings are 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 miniature cattle are bred solely as pets. Jessen said panda calves can sell for $30,000.