Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/13/tallest_bovine/
UK's tallest bovine soars to 6ft 6in
An awful lot of bullock
A Friesian bullock who measures a towering 6ft 6in at the shoulder is expected to claim the Guinness World Record for the UK's tallest bovine, the Times reports.
Chard Chilli and his twin sister Jubilee were abandoned at Ferne Animal Sanctuary nine years ago, when they were just a few days old. Manager Naomi Clarke explained: “For some reason a farmer decided he didn’t want Chilli and Jubilee, so dumped them with three others on our doorstep nine years ago.
“He was only six days old and didn’t look that big but as the years passed we noticed he was getting rather tall. We have made an application to Guinness World Records and we are quite confident he will get it.”
The average adult Friesian is, the Times notes, 5ft tall and tips the scales at 0.65 tonnes. Chilli weighs in at over a ton, and his sister too has reached 6ft tall. Clarke admitted: “We don’t know what has made him so tall. He doesn’t eat that much. Chilli’s feet and head are in proportion - he is just very large."
She concluded: “He is a very friendly and gentle animal so we hope he manages to break the record - he deserves it.”
The Times has a snap of the rather menacing Chilli here. ®