The world's tallest cow dies after a lifetime of Photoshop accusations

Blosom, the Guinness World Record-holder for "tallest cow ever," has died at the age of 13 — but not without a giant, viral, final hurrah.

Unbelievably big bovine honoured post-humously by Guinness World Records in touching new video

Blosom, seen here with owner Patty Meads-Hanson, lost the title of 'tallest living cow' when she died last month. Guinness awarded her the new, even more impressive record of 'tallest cow ever' post-humously on Thursday. (Guinness World Records)

We know what you're thinking, and to answer your question: "No, it's not fake.

The Holstein cow in the image above hasn't been digitally altered, according to officials from Guinness World Records — at least not to enhance her award-winning size.

Blosom, the world's tallest cow, was measured to be a full 6-foot-2 inches tall (190 cm) from hoof to withers when this photo was taken in early 2015.

Guinness officials had awarded the bovine beauty an official world record in August of 2014 while visiting her owner's farm in Orangeville, Illinois, to verify that yes, a cow could really be that tall. 

Blosom with her owner, Patty Meads-Hanson, after being named the "tallest living cow" in August of 2014. (The Journal-Standard)

Sadly, she held the title of "tallest cow living" for less than a year.

In a post on its website last week, Guinness announced that Blosom had died in May at the age of 13 after sustaining an irreparable leg injury.

Her place in the record book as the tallest cow living was no longer accurate, but after performing further research Guinness found that Blosom was indeed worthy of an even better title: the tallest cow ever.

"The funny thing about Blosom was how unaffected she was by all the attention that seemed to surround her,"  said Patty Meads-Hanson, who has owned and cared for Blosom since she was an 8-week-old calf, upon learning the news. "As long as she had her oats, and daily chin rubs and ear scratches, life was good." 

(Guinness World Records)

To coincide with the announcement of Blosom's new title and her addition to Guinness' 2016 records book, the organization released a touching video about her life along with an obituary of sorts.

"Blosom was born to two normal-sized cows, and according to Patty, was even taller when she was eight years old," wrote Rachel Swatman on "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."

"Blosom still looks over the farm she loved," said Meads-Hanson to The Journal-Standard in Freeport, Illinois, shortly after her beloved cow's death.

Upon learning of her pet's new record last week, she told Guinness "I will cherish our memories forever."


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