Sunday, January 16, 2011

Miniature Animals

Panda Cow:

On Dec. 31, 2010, a Colorado farmer delivered the next best thing: a miniature panda calf. The rare bovine, named Ben, has black ovals around his eyes and a white belly. He's one of only a few dozen panda-colored minicows in the world, and owner Chris Jessen is hoping to sell him into some collector's menagerie for about $30,000.

Fennec Fox:

The smallest of all the world's foxes, the fennec burrows away during the day and scavenges for insects and fruit at night. Its huge ears emit body heat and help it keep cool among the dunes of the Sahara and elsewhere in North Africa. Some locals hunt the fennec for its fur, while others capitalize on its cuteness in the pet trade.

Micro Pigs:

The little porkers start out at less than a pound and grow to weigh somewhere between 40 lb. and 70 lb. (18 kg and 30 kg) as adults. They don't shed and can be trained to use a litter box.

Mini Horse:

Little horses have been trotting the earth for millions of years. One of the oldest known ancestors of the modern horse, known as the dawn horse, stood between 1 ft. and 2 ft. (30 cm and 60 cm) high at the shoulder.

Source: TIME

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