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6-foot, 4-inch steer officially the tallest in the world

An Oregon steer named Romeo was certified as the tallest in the world at a height of 6 feet, 4 inches tall. Photo courtesy of Misty Moore/Guinness World Records
An Oregon steer named Romeo was certified as the tallest in the world at a height of 6 feet, 4 inches tall. Photo courtesy of Misty Moore/Guinness World Records

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May 22 (UPI) -- A 6-year-old Holstein steer from Oregon has been officially named the tallest in the world at a height of 6 feet and 4.5 inches.

Misty Moore, founder and operator of the Welcome Home Animal Sanctuary in Creswell, said 6-year-old steer Romeo has lived at the facility since he was rescued from a veal crate at a dairy farm when he was just 10 days old.

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"In the dairy industry, male calves like Romeo are often deemed as mere byproducts, their destinies predetermined by profit margins. But fate had a different plan for Romeo that day," Moore told Guinness World Records.

Moore said she decided to seek the Guinness World Records title for Romeo after discovering the previous record-holder, a Massachusetts steer named Tommy, was only 6 feet and 1 inch tall.

Moore said Romeo is "the sanctuary's biggest softie."

"With every nuzzle and every playful skip, Romeo reminds us of the profound bond that exists between humans and animals -- a bond built on trust, nurtured by love, and strengthened by solidarity. And as we look into Romeo's eyes, we see not just a steer, but a symbol of resilience, a beacon of hope, and a gentle reminder that every act of kindness, no matter how small has the power to change the world," she said.

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