Born to be different
Miniature cow bred to have panda-like fur
John Bartheld has been breeding miniature cows on his Roy, Wash., farm for seven years, hoping to recreate black and white markings in the pattern of a panda to make a "panda cow." He succeeded on June 28 when Peanut was born. From most angles, Peanut looks like the endangered Chinese bear 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, a half-sister named Star, has similar markings, but not as well-defined. Peanut is different and he knows it, Bartheld said. "He's got that cocky attitude. From the minute I laid eyes on him I knew he was something special," he said Friday. "Peanut knew he was a superstar. It's just the weirdest thing. I've never raised anything with this attitude — like he was born Tom Selleck," Bartheld said. A miniature cow has to be under 42 inches tall at 3 years old. A panda cow has to have the bear-like markings, mostly the white belt around the midsection.
Lincoln butter sculpture in works
A butter sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln will share the dairy-centric spotlight this year with the world-famous butter cow at the Iowa State Fair. Organizers announced Monday that a sculpture of Lincoln, along with a replica of the Lincoln Highway Bridge in central Iowa, will be on display in a 40-degree cooler when the fair opens in August. It will take sculptor Sarah Pratt three weeks and 1,000 pounds of regular salted butter to create the pieces.
Police: Man takes pizza and balloons
Seattle police say they arrested a man who crashed an 8-year-old child's party, ate several pieces of pizza and took two balloon animals. Parents told police they asked the 28-year-old man to leave after he joined the children's party at Green Lake last week. However, police say the shirtless, shoeless man refused and got into a "very heated" exchange with the families at the party. The families called police. Police say the man appeared to be under the influence of a "potent relaxant of some kind." Officers arrested him for investigation of theft.
It's hot, we get it
Park visitors asked to stop frying eggs
It gets so hot in Death Valley, Calif., that you can fry an egg with sun power. That's what one Death Valley National Park employee did recently when she took a frying pan to the pavement and posted the video online. Park visitors park were quick to imitate her, but they didn't use skillets and left gooey messes. The park then issued a plea on its Facebook page to crack down on the egg-frying fiasco. Death Valley highs have been hovering around 120 degrees. Park rangers say the egg frying has since stopped due to rain and clouds that have rolled across Death Valley.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.