Rock band KISS beefed up by bovine doppelganger

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Kerrville, Texas (AP) -- A newborn calf has been born with strikingly similar black-and-white markings to the face paint often sported by Gene Simmons, the frontman of US rock band KISS.

CBS7: A Texas calf looks a lot like one famous music frontman. (Photo courtesy of Hill Country Visitor)

Simmons tweeted his admiration for the calf named Genie on Sunday, saying, "This is real, folks!!!"

The calf was born Friday at a ranch near Kerrville, Texas, which is about 60 miles (96 kilometres) northwest of San Antonio.

Heather Taccetta, who lives at the ranch with her family, said on Tuesday that the calf belongs to her grandmother.

It is named Genie, in honor of Simmons.

Taccetta said the calf and its mother are doing fine and that Genie is a family favuorite and won't be sold for slaughter.