Monday, August 2, 2010

A lot of animal

A quick review: A bull is a an intact bovine. A steer is a castrated bovine. Veal is the meat of a calf, usually a male and from a dairy cow, which is bred to have one calf a year in order to continue lactating. Most of the male calves born to dairy cows are taken away from their mothers right away and are confined to a small space so that they do not develop muscles, because the veal industry says that would be less tasty. Then, while still young (and likely anemic), are butchered.

This black-and-white beauty here, however, is a huge steer. He was supposed to be butchered for veal, but fate didn't allow it. He turned out to be a stunning amount of animal. For scale, the human standing alongside him is around 6-feet tall. There's no funny little camera tricks here, you skeptics. See:

Ah! He's going to charge! No way: He's just shaking some flies off himself.

Even though he has enough strength and the equipment (topsy-turvy horns!) to gore someone to death in a few seconds, he's really just a gentle giant.

A gorgeous gentle giant—no pun intended.

(This is another animal from A Chance for Bliss animal sanctuary.)

(Photos by the Petophile.)

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