1984 - Volume #8, Issue #4, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Big Ben Steers Visitors To Indiana
Born in 1902, Old Ben weighed 4,720 lbs. and was still gaining when, in 1911, he slipped in the ice, broke a leg, and had to be destroyed. When full grown he stood 6 ft. 4 in. tall, was 16 ft. 2 in. long, and 13 ft. 6 in. around at the girth. He weighed 1,800 lbs.when he was 18 months old, and 4,000 lbs. at 4 years of age.
After Old Ben died, he was stuffed and is now in display in a Kokomo park, where he continues to attract visitors, just as he did while alive.
As large as Old Ben was, the Guinness Book of World Records lists Mount Katandin, a Holstein-Durham cross, as the world's heaviest steer. This animal, exhibited in Maine in the early 1900's, weighed in at a whopping 5,000 lbs.
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