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Panda cow with rare markings born on farm in northern Colo.

Panda cow: The so-called "panda cow" born in Larimer County is thought to be one of only about 24 in the world.

By Associated Press / January 4, 2011

In this Dec. 31 photo, farmer Chris Jessen holds his new "panda cow" named Ben, hours after the rare miniature cow was born in Campion, Colo. 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.

Tom Hacker/Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald/AP

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CAMPION, Colorado

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 reports the male calf named Ben was born 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. Jessen says panda calves can sell for $30,000.

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