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California cow that vied for title of tallest bovine dies

Co-owner Ken Farley of Ferndale, and animal care supervisor Amanda Auston, right, tend to Danniel, a giant Holstein steer, at the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka.

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A giant, 1-ton Holstein steer that loved to eat bread and received international attention when it competed for the title of world's tallest bovine has died.

The Eureka Times-Standard reports that Danniel, which stood 6 feet and 4 inches, died Saturday at age 8.

Danniel spent the last few years living at a hay farm in Eureka, California, where he would eat 100 pounds of hay and 15 pounds of grain and drink 100 gallons of water per day.

Owner Ken Farley says Danniel loved to eat bread and whenever he heard a bread bag shaking he would trot across the field.

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Farley says Danniel suffered from a calcium deficiency and it had become hard for him to get up.

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