Guinness World Records today pays an emotional farewell and tribute to the adorable Blosom, who sadly passed away recently but will live on in the record books as the world’s tallest cow ever.
The Female Holstein, pictured above towering over her American owner Patty Meads-Hanson at a staggering height of 190 cm (74.8 in) – over 6ft tall - was first recognised as the tallest cow living after Guinness World Records visited Blosom and her owner at her home in Orangeville, Illinois, earlier this year.
Sadly Blosom passed away last month after sustaining an irreparable leg injury. Following further research, Guinness World Records can today confirm that Blosom is now recognised as the title holder for Tallest Cow ever.
On learning about beloved Blosom’s latest record Patty said, “The funny thing about Blosom was how unaffected she was by all the attention that seemed to surround her.
As long as she had her oats, and daily chin rubs and ear scratches, life was good.”
Having owned Blosom since she was eight weeks old, the cow’s continued growth led to Patty’s father suggesting Blosom’s height should be checked out by Guinness World Records. Following confirmation that she had indeed set a new world record for Tallest cow living, Guinness World Records sent a film crew and photographer over to the US. Sadly Patty’s father passed away before the record was officially allocated to Blosom.
In our poignant video, published for the first time below, our crew capture the incredible animal in her open and lush green farmland, where she enjoyed 13 healthy and enjoyable years with her adoring owner.
Blosom was born to two normal sized cows. and according to Patty, was even taller when she was eight years old. Always friendly with her owners, Patty treated Blosom like any other household pet and loved nothing more than spending time with her out in the field.
In an emotional farewell, and pride in Blosom featuring in the upcoming Guinness World Records 2016 Edition, her owner Patty says, “I will cherish our memories forever ... I am excited for the world to meet Blosom soon in the 2016 edition, but I know it will be very bitter-sweet.”
Guinness World Records Editor-in Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “We hold our tallest animals at Guinness World Records in an extremely high regard due to their uniqueness and rarity in finding. We were devastated when we heard the news of Blosom’s death as she was such a friendly and gorgeous animal and her owner equally as wonderful and took such great care of her. She is definitely one of the standout highlights in our upcoming book and we hope the world enjoys seeing the pictures of her.
The previous record holder for the tallest cow ever was Mount Katahdin, a Holstein-Durham cross who, from 1906-1910, stood at 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) to the shoulder and had a girth measuring 3.96 m (13 ft).
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* The Guinness World Records 2016 Edition is out in September.