While most cows consider 25 years to be extremely old age, Big Bertha was born while World War II was still raging and died after most of the people reading this were born. In between, she managed to fit in a lot more excitement than a normal cow. Besides pushing out 39 children, for which she was awarded a Guinness World Record for most calves from one cow, she also managed to help raise $75,000 for cancer by making celebrity appearances at cattle fairs.
Being a true Irish lass, Bertha regularly led her local St. Patrick’s Day parade, but since the noise and all the people were a bit much for her, her owner always calmed her nerves by feeding her whiskey beforehand.
Bertha was eventually awarded her second Guinness honor for Oldest Ever Cow. When she died, the locals held a wake for her in her favorite pub, which was “packed to suffocation” with people toasting her memory. If you ever want to go see her, her stuffed body is on display at a farm in Ireland.
Due to her World Record breaking status, Big Bertha became a local celebrity. This cow also managed to help raise $75,000 for cancer by making celebrity appearances at cattle shows. Big Bertha was born in Ireland on 17th March 1944 on St Patrick’s Day. She is a Droimeann breed of Cattle (a native Irish cattle breed). The cow was bought at a cattle show by Jerome O’Leary and he reared her at his farm near the market town of Kenmare in County Kerry, in the South West of Ireland.
Before her appearances at the noisy parades, O’Leary would feed Big Bertha whiskey to steady her nerves. On Big Bertha’s death, O’Leary still had several of her offspring in his herd, the oldest of whom was then 35. The cow lived for 49 years and died on December 31st of 1993.
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