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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

KISS frontman Gene Simmons newest lookalike? Meet Genie the calf 

The female calf was born Friday at a ranch in Texas and bares striking resmeblance to the KISS frontman

This photo provided by Hill Country Visitor in Kerrville, Texas, shows a newborn calf named Genie, with facial marking that resemble Gene Simmons, the bass player for the rock group KISS, shortly after its birth in Kerrville. Heather Taccetta / Hill Country Visitor via AP, right, AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, left
This photo provided by Hill Country Visitor in Kerrville, Texas, shows a newborn calf named Genie, with facial marking that resemble Gene Simmons, the bass player for the rock group KISS, shortly after its birth in Kerrville. Heather Taccetta / Hill Country Visitor via AP, right, AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, left

A newborn calf in Texas has strikingly similar black-and-white facial markings to KISS frontman Gene Simmons, and the rock star likes their shared look.

Simmons' onstage persona includes face paint, black leather clothing and wild hair. He 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.

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Taccetta found the calf in a pasture. She says the 75-pound (34 kilogram) farm animal and its mother are fine. She also says Genie is a family favorite and won't be sold for slaughter.

* AP