GIANT BULL WITH 'DOUBLE MUSCLING’ SPARKS OUTRAGE
Footage of a Belgian Blue bull shows the animal's muscles rippling as it walks
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.
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.