GI­ANT BULL WITH 'DOU­BLE MUSCLING’ SPARKS OUT­RAGE

Footage of a Bel­gian Blue bull shows the an­i­mal's mus­cles rip­pling as it walks

Swazi Observer - - NEWS - Daily Mail

BEL­GIUM - Pic­tures of a huge bull with ex­tra­or­di­nary mus­cles have gone vi­ral on­line in the wake of an­other gi­ant bovine's rise to fame this week.

Im­ages of a Bel­gian Blue shows the an­i­mal's mus­cles rip­pling, lead­ing many view­ers to be­lieve it must be on steroids.

But ac­cord­ing to an­i­mal pro­tec­tion char­ity PETA, the Bel­gian Blues are so bulky due to a ge­netic mu­ta­tion called 'dou­ble muscling'.

The mu­ta­tion means the an­i­mals are miss­ing a pro­tein which con­trols their mus­cle growth, the char­ity said.

It is nat­u­ral but oc­curs more com­monly in farms where an­i­mals with the mu­ta­tion are se­lec­tively bred be­cause they pro­duce more meat, PETA said.

PETA warned that the cat­tle 'of­ten en­dure se­ri­ous health prob­lems' in­clud­ing dif­fi­cult preg­nan­cies and birth de­fects.

Some com­menters sus­pected the gi­ant cow had been given hor­mones and steroids to in­crease its size. It is not clear where the video was filmed.

It comes after Knick­ers the cow, dubbed Aus­tralia’s big­gest steer, was saved from the slaugh­ter­house be­cause he was too big to deal with.

Seven-year-old Knick­ers stands at 6ft 4in tall and weighs in at a whop­ping 220 stone. The gi­ant cow weighs more than a small car and tow­ers over the rest of the herd in Western Aus­tralia.

(Daily Mail)

GI­ANT: Pic­tures of a huge bull with ex­tra­or­di­nary mus­cles have gone vi­ral on­line in the wake of an­other gi­ant bovine's rise to fame this week.

RARE BREED: Aus­tralian steer Knick­ers, who was born on a beef farm but grew so big he couldn't be killed.

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