ROY, Wash. (AP) — John Bartheld breeds miniature cows on his farm at Roy, hoping to recreate black and white markings in the pattern of a panda bear.
He succeeded on June 28 when Peanut was born. From most angles Peanut looks like the endangered Chinesebear with a big belt of white fur, a white face and black hair around the eyes.
Peanut never strays far from his mom, Midget, who was artificially inseminated. Another panda cow born July 3, Star, has similar markings, but not as well-defined as Peanut’s.
Bartheld likes miniature cattle because he can keep more of them on the pasture and still maintain the lush green look of his farm.