This beautiful steer caught my eye the last time I was at Mr. Webb's farm, but it was so far away, I had no idea of how large it was.
I believe there is a distant picture of him somewhere in the blog.
I turned around and this big animal was less than ten feet away from me. The suddenness of the encounter triggered my fight or flight instinct. I turned to face him square on and said "Oh! This big guy is coming up fast!" I realized at the last minute, it was fairly tame and probably looking for a treat. You can look into its eyes in the first shot and see it did not mean me any harm. It just took me a second to recover from his size and realize that.
A man who was there to work his dogs heard me and came to stand by me when I got the first picture. After I snapped the picture, he and I petted the massive bovine on the nose while it sniffed my camera. This truly is a gentle giant! In the last picture, Mr. Webb is saying the animal's name and is telling it to leave. It obeyed by voice command alone and never came back.
I can not imagine how much he eats, but I'd love to have him around. Large, gentle animals have a calming affect on the people around them. Hmm, I guess that means I like cows too, huh? :-)
Now, I have to go check on the "girls" for Clint and make sure they have cool, clean water.