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.
This is real, folks!!! Calf called Genie is born on Texas ranch and looks EXACTLY like Kiss rocker Gene Simmons https://t.co/m6CcUlA7cy
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) July 31, 2017
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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