World's tallest cow is taller than most people
Patty Hanson and Blosom the cow smiled as their official Guinness World Records photo was taken after the animal was recognized as the world's tallest cow, at 6-foot-4.
Hanson received an email in mid-August saying Blosom had been named the world's tallest cow. She sought the record after veterinarians and the cow's foot trimmer constantly noted the 2,000-pound animal's large size, Hanson said. At the end of May, family and friends began documenting Blosom's mass. They shot photos and videos and her official measurements were taken by a vet from Orangeville Animal Health Service.
"When I put Blosom's halter on, she knows it's time to go to work greeting people and one of the best things I love about this big cow is she makes people smile. But now when I get to tell them they are looking at the world's tallest cow, I can't wait to see their reaction," Hanson said.
Hanson got Blosom when she was a calf and eventually decided to keep her as a pet. The cow turned 13 in July.
"My dad used to chuckle at Blosom, but soon softened up to her, which is why she stayed home on the farm as an addition to the many pets she adds character," Hanson said.
Hanson said she would like to turn Blosom's story into a children's book.
"Blosom is a bit like an overgrown dog," Hanson said. "To people who have cows, they will get what I am saying but I want other people to know she is special. I told my dad years ago that Blosom was destined for stardom and with this record she has achieved that."
Blosom will be included in the 2016 edition of the "Guinness Book of World Records."
Critical thinking challenge: If Blossom becomes the subject of a childrens book, what might the story be?