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In this Dec. 31 photo, farmer Chris Jessen holds Ben, hours after the calf was born in Campion, Colo.

Like pandas? You’ll have a cow

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.

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