Calf with Gene Simmons face rocks Texas ranch
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Calf with Gene Simmons face rocks Texas ranch

Black and white markings on cow look eerily like KISS’s Jewish bass player’s onstage persona, saving it from slaughter

A newborn calf named Genie, with facial markings that resemble Gene Simmons, bass player for the rock group KISS, shortly after its birth in Kerrville, Texas, July 28, 2017. (Heather Taccetta via AP)
A newborn calf named Genie, with facial markings that resemble Gene Simmons, bass player for the rock group KISS, shortly after its birth in Kerrville, Texas, July 28, 2017. (Heather Taccetta via AP)

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — A newborn calf in Texas has strikingly similar black-and-white facial markings to KISS bass player and vocalist Gene Simmons, and the rock star likes their shared look.

Simmons’ onstage persona includes face paint, sticking out his long tongue and breathing fire.

The Israeli-born Jewish star tweeted his admiration for the calf named Genie, saying, “This is real, folks!!!”

The female calf was born Friday at a ranch near Kerrville, 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.

Heather Taccetta, who lives at the ranch with her family, said Tuesday that the calf belongs to her grandmother. The animal is named for Simmons.

Taccetta found the calf in a pasture. She says the 75-pound (34 kilogram) farm animal and its mother are fine.

Taccetta also says Genie is a family favorite and won’t be sold for slaughter.

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