larger than life

I just ran across this photo of one of the largest bulls in the world:


Chilli is a Friesian bull who lives at the Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Somerset, England. He weighs more than a ton and is over 6 feet tall (the same height as a small elephant!).

A few other giants of the animal world:

Hercules, the largest cat in the world.

Hercules, via

Hercules weighs over 900 pounds, is nearly 11 feet long and a little over 4 feet tall (to compare, about 1 1/2 feet taller than the average desk).

Or how about Zeus, “the tallest dog ever” at 44 inches (just for reference, a standard kitchen counter is 36 inches tall, so I’m guessing Zeus’ owners never leave things on the counter).


Then, there’s Romulus, the tallest donkey in the world, at 5 feet, 8 inches at the withers.


Compared to KneeHi, the shortest donkey on record at just over 25 inches, Romulus is a true giant.


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This was fun and interesting. Poor Zeus needs one of those feeding stations where he doesn’t have to bend over so low. I’d love to have little KneeHi for a pet. He is just darling!

  2. Always am a sucker for giant (and peewee ) animals. I had a cat , Denzel Washington, so high and tall with such long legs that everyone commented I should have named him Michael Jordan instead.

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    WOW!!! Some “honkin’ big” critters out there! Thanks for the pics!

  4. Krista says:

    I love large animals! Zeus has to be my favorite. He reminds me of my Great Dane. She is a big girl standing at 35 inches tall, so I could only imagine what it’s like having Zeus around. I also can’t get over how big the bull is. He looks so big standing next to that guy! This is very fascinating.

  5. Darlene Ricotta says:

    It is really nice to see these and so interesting. They had a photo in our newspaper on a giant Holstein in our area. I think that bull is taller than it was.
    Thank you.

  6. Cindi says:

    That is one realllly big bull!!!! Makes me think it would be like standing next to a dinosaur. A small one. I’ll bet taking Zeus for a walk is a real traffic stopper, too.

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