It is believed that there are only 24 rare so-called "panda cows" in the world. The result of genetic manipulation can be purchased for approximately $30,000 and they are bred for the sole purpose of the use as a pet.
Although Christmas has come and gone, one can still purchase a miniature genetically manipulated animal as a gift for that special someone who has always wanted a panda bear and or a cow.
According to the Associated Press, a rare miniature cow with markings similar to a panda bear was born on a farm in Larimer County, Colorado. The scarce animal has been labelled as a “panda cow.”
The animal entered this world Friday and is named Ben. Ben is only one of 24 or 25 “panda cows” in the world. They are used only as pets or show animals and not as cattle.
Ben was born on the farm of Chris Jessen who raises cattle and also owns a miniature kangaroo on a farm that he uses strictly for the purpose of a hobby, reports Press Association.
“Miniatures range from about 44 inches tall on their tail side, on their hocks, but he can get up to 1000 pounds though -- so a pretty good-sized animal,” said Jessen in an interview with Good Morning America, reports ABC News. “Probably the most amazing thing aside from the fact that he's rare is that he's on the couch right now. Suddenly my lap is starting to get very warm! I don't think he's gonna be on the couch after this again!"
These genetically manipulated animals can be purchased for approximately $30,000.