Thursday, December 24, 2009

Amazing animal-Chilli, the world’s largest bull

Chilli is a black and white Fresian bull, weighing a whopping 1.25 tons and standing at 6 feet and 6 inches in height. Abandoned by its owner on the doorstep of the sanctuary he lives in today, when he was just 6 days old, back in 1999, Chilli grew up to become the biggest bovine in the world, according to Guinness Book of Records. According to Naomi Clarke, manager of the Ferne animal Sanctuary in Ferne, Somerset, the bull doesn’t eat as much as the other cows and yet he outgrows them by far. He’s also abnormally friendly and gentle.

You could say Chilli had a stroke of luck when he ended up in the shelter, because normally he would have ended up chopped into pieces and on the shelves of a meat market somewhere. Now he’s 9 years old and the proud owner of the title “Largest Bovine in the World“, nice going Chilli.



Stephanie September 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM  

This is not a bull, for he has no testicles. This is an adult castrated male and is therefore an Ox. Since bull testicles are abundantly obvious, there is no chance of an error here.

If a male calf is left intact, he will become an adult bull and can sire calves. If he is castrated for the beef industry, he is called a steer. If if a castrated calf is allowed to grow to adulthood, he is known as an Ox. Oxen are generally larger than bulls of the same breed.

Any breed can be used as oxen. This one appears to be an ox of the Holstein breed, a medium-sized dairy breed. There are much larger breeds of cattle, (see Chianina) and therefore much larger breeds of oxen.


Unknown June 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM  

This appears to be a large Holstein steer. The largest breed of cattle are from Tuscany Italy called the Chianina. I have seen Chinina weighing almost two tons, certainly more than 3,600 pounds. I work an oxen team from the Lineback Breed. One ox is 2,900 pounds the larger ox is 3,060. They are shorter than this animal but weigh more. Some Holstein steers will exceed 3,000 pounds but this one is 2,500, not very large at all.

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