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(Fred Blystone/Colonial Williamsburg)

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Colonial Williamsburg welcomed a new addition to its Rare Breeds Program just before 4 p.m. Monday when a new bull calf was born.

The calf is a Milking Devon, a breed of cattle popular during the 18th century. Although not technically considered a dairy cow, the Milking Devon was used mainly for butter and cheese production, due to the high levels of butterfat in its milk.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation describes Milking Devons as "very intelligent" and "good work animals."

The foundation's Rare Breeds Program began in 1986 with the acquisition of Milking Devons. The breed was chosen because it probably represented some of the cattle in and around Williamsburg during colonial times.

The newest Milking Devon was less than an hour old before it began taking its first steps, which were caught on camera by Colonial Williamsburg volunteer Fred Blystone.

Eric Hunter, an animal husbander for Colonial Williamsburg, said the calf could be used for breeding when it gets older or could be castrated and used strictly for labor purposes.

Milking Devons, which are mainly raised at historic sites around the United States, are an endangered species, with slightly more than 500 in existence. Roughly 20 Milking Devons reside in Colonial Williamsburg.