RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images(QUITO, Ecuador) -- Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday for a nine-day, three-country trip in which he hopes to connect with some of the poor of South America.
Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi predicted crowds of more than one million during the pope's trip to South America. "I think there will be people all over the continent watching TV, all the events," he said, saying the total number of people following the pope's trip could be in the hundreds of millions.
Pope Francis is from Argentina, but he will not visit that country during the trip, instead making appearances in Bolivia and Paraguay in addition to Ecuador.
Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- A man and a 14-year-old boy are dead and three people were missing Sunday after a boat capsized on the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, officials said.
Nine people were on board when the accident occurred Saturday night, Louisville Fire Chief Gregory Frederick said.
Four people were rescused but three people -- two adults and one child -- were still missing, Frederick said. Rescue crews were searching the river for them Sunday, the Coast Guard said.
The group rented a pontoon boat around 8 p.m. Saturday, officials said, and the accident was reported just before 9:30 p.m.
A responding fire boat found the pontoon capsized and pinned underneath a work barge.
"There is a new bridge being constructed near Interstate 65, and at the base of the new bridge tower is a work platform that is like a small barge. Due to the rain, the river is extremely hazardous," Frederick said today.
"The current is very strong, a lot of debris, driftwood," Frederick said.
Four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
There was no indication that alcohol or foul play was involved, Frederick said.
A California woman was shot and killed in an apparent random act of violence. (Courtesy of Steinle family)(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The man suspected of shooting and killing a woman at a popular San Francisco pier allegedly told police he wasn't targeting her but instead was shooting at sea lions, sources close to the investigation told ABC News station KGO.
"There does not appear to be any connection between the victim and the suspect," San Francisco Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
Kate Steinle, 32, was gunned down Wednesday as she walked with her father in broad daylight along the Embarcadero, the family-friendly tourist spot that was filled with people.
Police would not confirm to ABC News that the suspect told them he was targeting sea lions.
Steinle’s family was devastated at news of her death.
“I love my sister so much,” said Steinle’s brother, Brad, “and I'll never get to tell my sister that I love her again.”
Witnesses on the packed pier snapped photos of the suspect at the scene, identifying the man for police and leading to the arrest of Francisco Sanchez, 45, just an hour later. He was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting.
The arrest raised questions about why Sanchez -- a convicted felon and undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times, according to U.S. immigration officials -- was on the streets in the first place.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had said in a statement that Sanchez was turned over to the San Francisco Police Department this past March on an outstanding drug warrant and that the department requested that police notify ICE prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody.
Steinle's family told reporters that while it would have been better if Sanchez had been deported, the family is not dwelling on it because it wouldn't bring back Steinle.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool /Getty Images)(KING'S LYNN, England) -- Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was christened on Sunday in a ceremony at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate of her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The 2-month-old daughter of Prince William and Princess Kate arrived to the church in a stroller pushed by Kate.
The family was greeted by well-wishers who had gathered outside the church to see the fourth-in-line to the British throne.
Kate then picked up Charlotte to carry her inside.
William held George's hand as they entered and left the church, and George at one point waved to the crowds.
Charlotte, born May 2 in London, wore the same christening gown worn by her big brother, Prince George, at his christening. The gown, remade by the queen's dresser, Angela Kelly, in 2008, is an exact replica of the gown first commissioned by Queen Victoria 174 years ago and has been used for every generation of royal infants.
Duchess Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen ensemble to the ceremony, while Prince George sported a white shirt with red shorts.
The queen wore a rose Angela Kelly dress and hat.
Joining the family for Princess Charlotte’s christening were the queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Kate’s family, siblings Pippa and James, and her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
Charlotte’s uncle, Prince Harry, missed the christening because he is spending the summer in Africa.
Also in attendance were Charlotte’s godparents and their spouses.
Prince William and Princess Kate announced Princess Charlotte's five godparents this weekend: Kate's cousin Adam Middleton, William's cousin The Hon. Laura Fellowes, and three of the couple's friends, Thomas van Straubenzee, Sophie Carter and James Meade.
The invited guests celebrated the christening in a place of special significance to Princess Charlotte’s paternal grandmother, the late Princess Diana, who was baptized in the same church in 1961. In choosing St. Mary Magdalene Church for Charlotte’s christening, Prince William and Kate made a poignant nod to William’s mother, as they did when they selected their daughter's name, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
St. Mary Magdalene Church is also the parish church of the queen on the Sandringham estate and is where the royal family spends Christmas every year.
The church is also close to Anmer Hall, the 10-bedroom home also on the queen’s Sandringham estate, where William, Kate, Charlotte and her big brother, Prince George, have been spending most of their time since Charlotte’s May 2 birth.
The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who also presided over Prince George's christening, conducted the ceremony.
Princess Charlotte was baptized with water from the River Jordan poured from the priceless silver "Lily Font," which is housed in the Tower of London with the rest of the crown jewels. The silver baptism bowl is 17-inches high and 16-inches wide, decorated with gilded lilies and ivy and was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1840.
It is supported by the lily-shaped stem, which gives the font its name, on a bed of acanthus leaves. The scrolled sides of the high base are decorated with three cherubs playing lyres, and the royal arms of Queen Victoria and the joint arms of Queen Victoria and Albert Prince Consort.
A gold-jeweled Bible, with more than 500 sapphires, rubies and opals, an early-1900s gift from the American Wanamaker family, is also housed inside the queen's local church on the Sandringham estate.
Documenting the historical day for the royal family is Mario Testino, the world-renowned photographer whom William and Kate tapped to take the official photographs of the christening party.
Testino, 60, photographed the engagement photos for Princess Kate and Prince William, and was also chosen by the late Princess Diana selected to photograph her for Vanity Fair.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As the deadline to reach a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program rapidly approaches, Sen. Tom Cotton said the threat of military action should "remain an option" to ensure a strong deal.
"It's never the preferred choice, but military force does have to remain an option if our diplomacy is going to be credible," Cotton, R-Ark., told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday on This Week. "All of our allies in the region wish we would take a more forceful position and keep that military option on the table because it would result in a better deal."
The freshman senator is one of the most vocal opponents of the current state of negotiations. He cast the lone dissenting vote against a bipartisan Senate bill in May that granted a 30-day Congressional review period for any deal, saying the bill would not limit President Obama enough.
He also wrote an open letter, co-signed by 46 Republican senators, directly to Iran's Ayatollah in March saying that the deal might not hold up under future administrations.
On This Week, Cotton also responded to a video from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posted Friday that expressed optimism about the state of negotiations.
"That video that Javad Zarif, their foreign minister, posted over the weekend with his smug, condescending tone, shows just how far down the path we've gone towards Iran's position," Cotton said.
"Iran should have faced a simple choice. They dismantle their nuclear program entirely or they face economic devastation and military destruction of their nuclear facilities," he said. "Because as that video shows, they think they're negotiating from a position of strength, that they hold all the cards."
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the co-sponsor of the bill giving a Congressional vote on the deal, agreed that the objective of the negotiations should be preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear state, but said he still believes that a strong agreement is possible.
"All of that information will be made available to Congress so that we can properly evaluate and decide what action, if any, would be appropriate for us to take," Cardin said on This Week.
Cardin also outlined what he considers to be critical terms for a strong agreement, including full inspections and a historical look at Iran's nuclear development in order to properly leverage sanctions. But Cotton said those goals were not being met by the current talks.
"If we had anytime, anywhere inspections, if there was no sanctions relief until there was long-term demonstrable performance on Iran's part, if they fully answered all the past work they've done to weaponize their nuclear program, then that might be a better deal, but that's not the deal we're going to reach," Cotton said.
Negotiations continued today in Vienna, where after his third meeting of the day, Secretary of State John Kerry said the outcome of the talks is not yet clear.
"We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues," he said. "And the truth is that while I completely agree with Foreign Minister Zarif that we have never been closer, at this point, this negotiation could go either way."
iStock/Thinkstock(EMERALD ISLE, N.C.) -- Police and building inspectors are investigating what may have caused a deck to collapse at an Emerald Isle, North Carolina, beach house, injuring at least 14 people.
Preliminary findings reveal the floor joists and fasteners failed to hold the deck together, Emerald Island Town Manager Frank Rush told ABC News on Sunday. Results from the investigation could be released as early as Monday, he said.
According to Emerald Isle Police, members of a family were on a deck overlooking the ocean preparing to take a family photo shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday when the structure collapsed.
First responders from Emerald Isle arrived on scene within minutes and began treating and triaging patients, police said.
"About a 12-by-12 section of deck collapsed, about ten to twelve feet. We transported 14 patients from that collapse," Emerald Isle Fire Chief Bill Walker said, and added that there were about 20 people on the deck at the time.
Walker said that the deck itself gave way and collapsed inward, while the pilings holding up the deck remained upright.
Due to the number of casualties involved, neighboring agencies were called in to assist in transporting and dealing with the victims. Indian Beach, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Western Carteret all sent Fire and EMS units to assist, while Broad and Gales Creek Fire Departments were also dispatched to provided assistance. Morehead City EMS provided a mass casualty bus to treat and transport victims.
Police said 14 people were hospitalized. Several people were in critical condition, according to police and a hospital spokeswoman.
Injuries varied from people with several broken bones to those with minor scratches and cuts, according to Walker.
At least five people remained in hospitals in Greenville or Wilmington, North Carolina, today, officials said.
Anyone with information about this baby found abandoned in Maryland is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department. (Anne Arundel County Police Department)(ANNE ARUNDEL, Md.) -- A woman was being questioned by authorities in Anne Arundel, Maryland, police said Sunday, after she claimed to be the mother of a baby girl found apparently abandoned on the side of a road.
Authorities have not verified the woman is the mother, police said.
Just before midnight Saturday, officers responded to a report of an abandoned child on the side of a road in Pasadena, Maryland, the Anne Arundel County Police Departm
Officers found a baby girl in a car seat carrier.
"Scuff marks on the carrier and other debris indicate that the carrier may have fell off of a moving vehicle," the police wrote in the post.
Police said the baby is 2 or 3 months old.
The child was taken to a hospital to be treated for dehydration, and after her condition improves she will be released to the Department of Child Protective Services, police said.
Anyone with information can contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-6145.
The Anne Arundel County Police planned a press conference on Sunday to discuss the case, the police told ABC News.
MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(PENNSAUKEN, N.J.) -- Good Samaritans helped rescue three people from a car that crashed in New Jersey, reportedly pulling them to safety just before the vehicle caught fire.
A vehicle carrying a 20-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman was headed south on Route 130 in Pennsauken, New Jersey, early Saturday morning when the driver lost control of the car, ABC News station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reported.
The vehicle hit a traffic light control box and then crashed into a fence at the Crescent Memorial Cemetery, WPVI-TV reported.
Passing motorists stopped and pulled the injured out of the car just before it burst into flames.
The injured were brought to Cooper University Hospital where one of the women was in critical condition, while the other two were in stable condition.
Police declined to comment to ABC News Sunday about the incident.
Polling station officials count the ballots at a polling station in Athens on July 5, 2015. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)(ATHENS, Greece) -- The polls have closed in Greece in a historic referendum that could determine the country’s future in Europe, its currency and impact the global economy.
Greece’s government has cast the vote as one about increased unpopular austerity measures.
Opponents argue it has more to do with Greece’s place in the European Union and the Eurozone.
Surveys leading up to the referendum show voters almost evenly split.
Image Courtesy RCA/Saccenti(NEW ORLEANS) -- When Usher closed out Saturday night's concerts at the Essence Music Festival 2015 in the New Orleans' Superdome, he wanted to make a statement. After all, it was the Fourth of July, the day when America celebrates its Independence.
The R&B crooner wore a black leather jacket with the words, "Have we really achieved our independence," written on the back in white lettering. And after he performed songs such as "OMG," "Climax," and "Here I Stand," he eventually took his jacket off to reveal another message on his T-shirt. The words "Fourth of July" were crossed out and another word stood prominently underneath: "Juneteenth."
Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day for African-Americans and celebrates the abolition of slavery in the Confederate south. However, it's typically celebrated on June 19.
Along with his statements, Usher also put on a good set. The Atlanta-bred singer performed "Nice & Slow," "Love in the Club," "Yeah!" and "Matrimony," during which he brought out rapper Wale.
The Essence Music Festival continues Sunday night with concerts, featuring Floetry, Mary J. Blige, Omarion and Kendrick Lamar.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said he didn’t believe that his fellow 2016 contender Donald Trump “understands the challenge” of strengthening the U.S.-Mexico border, adding he was “offended” when Trump labeled Mexicans “rapists” during a speech last month.
“The fact is that I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party,” Perry, the former governor of Texas, said Sunday on ABC News' This Week. “I was offended by his remarks.”
Trump, a billionaire businessman who is also a Republican, lost business partners and has endured criticism from fellow candidates after he said in his presidential announcement speech last month that Mexico was not sending “their best” people to the United States.
“They are bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they are rapists, and some are good people,” he said.
Perry said his 14 years leading Texas, which has a long border with Mexico, better prepared him to address immigration and border control.
“To paint with that broad a brush that Donald Trump did, is, I mean-- He's going to have to defend those remarks,” Perry said. “I never will. And I will stand up and say that those are offensive, which they were.”
Responding to Perry’s comments, Trump tweeted Sunday that Perry “needs a new pair of glasses” -- a hit on Perry’s relatively new, black-rimmed eyeglasses.
“Rick Perry failed at the border,” Trump wrote. “Now he is critical of me. He needs a new pair of glasses to see the crimes committed by illegal immigrants.”
Perry also distanced himself from his criticism during his 2012 presidential campaign of the repeal of the “Don't Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented gay people from openly serving in the military.
“You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school,” Perry said in a 2011 ad.
He suggested Sunday that, if elected president, he would not bring back “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” saying “the horse is out of the barn.”
“I have no reason to think that that’s going to be able to be done,” he said.
New York State Police(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- After spending one week in the hospital, escaped prisoner and convicted murderer David Sweat was released from the Albany Medical Center Sunday morning and taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York, officials said.
Five Points is a maximum-security facility, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said on Sunday.
Sweat was released from Albany Medical Center at 3:05 a.m., the Department of Corrections said, but the details of his transportation to Five Points were not released because of security reasons.
Sweat will be in the Five Points infirmary during his first 24 hours at the prison, the Department of Corrections said. Sweat will then be housed in a single cell in the Five Points Special Housing Unit. His cell will be in the prison's 23-hour confinement unit, the Department of Corrections said.
Sweat will also be placed on active suicide watch, the Department of Corrections said.
Five Points, which opened in 2000, has 1,294 inmates and has 669 employees, including 511 security staff, the Department of Corrections said. Each cell has a bed, writing platform, toilet, sink and shower.
Romulus, New York, is 200 miles west of the Albany Medical Center and more than 250 miles southwest of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, from which Sweat and fellow convicted murderer Richard Matt escaped June 6.
Sweat had been hospitalized since last Sunday, June 28, after he was shot and wounded by a New York state police sergeant in the area of Constable, New York, about 1.5 miles south of the Canadian border.
New York State Police said Monday the shooting of Sweat by State Police Sgt. Jay Cook was placed under review. Sweat was unarmed but apparently fleeing in violation of Cook's order to stop.
Matt, meanwhile, was shot and killed by authorities two days before Sweat was apprehended.
Matt was serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death. Sweat was serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy.
The White House(WASHINGTON) -- On the Fourth of July, President Obama reminded thousands of military families celebrating the holiday in his backyard that American freedom comes at a cost.
"Freedom is not free. It’s paid by all the folks who are here today and all the folks who are around the world," the president said Saturday at an Independence Day party on the White House South Lawn.
"Without you, we could not enjoy the incredible blessings that we do in this greatest country on Earth," Obama said, just moments before a pyrotechnics display exploded over the National Mall. "Michelle and I, Malia, Sasha -- we could not be more privileged to have gotten to know so many of you, and to know all the sacrifices that you make on our behalf each and every day."
Ren You, 29, has offered $10,000 to anyone who can find him a long-term girlfriend.(Courtesy Ren You)(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Ren You is a 29-year-old with a Harvard MBA and a job at a private equity firm. He is also someone who does not like to be inefficient and does not want to miss out on opportunities. Those two character traits led You to develop a novel way to find love.
The Birmingham, Alabama, resident is offering $10,000 to anyone who can find him a girlfriend of six months or more. He is accepting applications now on his website, DateRen.com.
“I’ve done dating websites and I’ve met people through friends,” You told ABC News. “I’m sure if I stuck with those ways that, down the road a few years, maybe I’d find someone, but that seems very time consuming and not efficient.”
“I don’t know if this is an improvement,” he said of DateRen.com. “But it’s something new so I thought I’d give it a shot.”
Ren says he is consumed by 12-hour days at work, leaving little time for dating and even less time for fun and relaxation, “the bottom tier items” that “usually get cut.”
“Look at it this way: if you work 12 hours/day, how would you want to spend the few waking hours you have left?,” You explains on DateRen.com. “Probably not standing around in a bar with your fingers crossed. This is way more fun for me.”
The University of Virginia alumni says he received a handful of submission after launching the website earlier this week but now has around 400 potential dates in his inbox thanks to media coverage from around the world.
“Apparently it got picked up by a news outlet in China so I’ve gotten bombarded with a lot of mothers recommending their daughters, which is a new thing ,” You said. “One mom linked to her daughter’s Rhodes Scholar write-up.”
You says his own mom is supportive of his unique approach to love, as is his dad.
“They’re’ a little bit a-typical as far as Chinese parents go,” he said. "They’re relatively hands-off and no pressure to get married. Whatever I’m doing is of my own volition.”
You also ran the idea by his coworkers and his bosses before putting himself in the spotlight.
“They’re pretty open-minded and they thought it was hilarious and a creative idea,” he said. “So when this surprisingly got picked up and got back to them, it wasn’t a shock.”
You had been replying to each submission individually because he knows, “how crappy it feels to not get a reply on a dating website,” but now is weeding through to reply yes or no to the most thoughtfully-written messages, and may hire an intern to sort through them all.
The replies so far are about half from women nominating themselves, and half from friends, or moms, recommending someone. To You’s surprise, many of the entries have said they would not take the $10,000 should their nominee find love with You.
“They’ll say, ‘I just want this person to meet a good guy…I don’t care about the reward,’” You said. “I’m happy to pay if it works out because it’s a small amount of money for a big reward, but if someone preemptively says no, then it gives me some comfort that they just think I’m a pretty good dude.”
“The $10,000 offer made me come off rich but my family is very middle-class,” he added. “I did a lot of stuff for my parents after I graduated, of transferring their credit card debt, helping pay off loans, buying them a house…they know I have things under control. “
Instead of listing his most desirable qualities or what he wants in a woman, You says he just wants everyone to know he is a very normal guy who has taken an abnormal approach to hopefully finding love.
You also has an answer for those wondering if he could be defrauded by a girl who breaks up with him the day after their six-month anniversary.
“I think given the six months, I’ll be able to tell if you’re a fraud because that’s a long time to be my girlfriend and spend time with me,” You said. "If two people are going to split the $10,000 and one work basically to spend time with me, it’s a lot of time over six months.”
“If you do the math, I’m not sure who is willing to do this in lieu of a minimum wage job when you could probably make more in the job,” he said.
LukaTDB/iStock/Thinkstock(SABINE PARISH, La.) -- At least six people were injured following a lightning strike in Louisiana’s Sabine Parish, an official said.
The incident occurred after 7 p.m. local time Saturday at Cypress Bend Park on Toledo Bend Lake, Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil said. Lightning is believed to have struck a tree.
Six adults who were in the vicinity of an RV camper that sustained damage during the strike suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Sabine Medical Center and their injuries range from headaches to chest pain, said Dewil.
Screenshot from a video posted on YouTube on July 3, 2015 capturing the scene in Sacramento, California, after fireworks were thrown in the air and landed on a juniper tree. The tree was engulfed in flames, which later spread to nearby houses. (YouTube/deriantsu)(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A person throwing fireworks may be to blame for damaging two homes and engulfing a tree in flames in Sacramento, California, according to fire department investigators.
Itty Bitty Hope, a miniature horse, lives at Mini Hooves of Love. (Linda Woods)(MELISSA, Texas) -- Even for a miniature horse, Itty Bitty Hope is pretty small.
Her height at birth -- just 14 inches -- was tied with the record of the smallest horse on record, according to her owners.
And while being tiny may not always be seen as a positive, for a horse who will spend her life as a therapy animal, it couldn't be better.
"She'll be able to navigate around hospitals and nursing homes and medical equipment more easily," said her owner Linda Wood, who runs the Mini Hooves of Love Miniature Therapy Horses non-profit with her husband Jim Wood.
"Hope" as they refer to her, will also be great with the many kids she'll be visiting.
The Woods came to be Hope's people parents through and old-fashioned barter. A woman who breeds miniature horses hoped Jim would build her stalls, and offered the Woods their pick of any of the three pregnant mares. They chose Jazz, Hope's mother, because she was the smallest and would have the best chance of having a small baby.
The Woods got into therapy without exactly meaning to. They were showing their miniature horses when a friend who runs a horse therapy farm with large horses asked them to bring some of their minis to an event. Since then, their horses spend their time visiting hospitals, hospice care and the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas. Kids with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental delays come to visit them.
One of their first visits was a hospice care for a baby born with Trisomy 18, a fatal genetic condition. The baby's mom said she just wanted her child to have the chance to touch a horse before she passed.
It's that big kind of comfort that little Hope will bring people in her life.
"If you can imagine a child been doctor of hospital all day, having a bad day, as soon as they see the horse their mood changes, their blood pressure drops. Everything about them changes and they have a big smile on their face," said Jim Wood. "It just makes your day."
Linda Wood added, "Many people who are in nursing homes now are of the age that they had interaction with horses when they were young. One man who had been a farmer had tears in his eyes as he pet one of the horses, he said he hadn't touched a horse in 16 years." In another anecdote, a woman whose nurses said was unable to move reached out and stroked the head of one of the miniature horses while the nurse stood by in shock.
Hope is still with her mom at the breeder and since she is nursing, she can't be away from her mom for more than an hour or so. But there's a hospice call the Woods are thinking of taking her along on coming up, as long as mom can come, too.
Blosom was posthumously declared the tallest cow ever by Guinness World Records. Blosom stood 6' 4". She died in May on her owner's farm in Illinois. (Guinness World Records)(ORANGEVLLE, Ill.) -- It’s official. At 6-foot-4, Blosom is the world’s tallest cow ever.
That’s the determination made by Guinness World Records, which had previously named the female Holstein the world’s tallest living cow.
The new record was announced on June 25.
Blosom lived on a farm in Orangeville, Illinois. Her owner, Patty Meads-Hanson, got Blosom when the cow was just eight weeks old.
Blosom was 13 years old when she died on May 26. During her life, she was the official "greeter" for Memory Lane Crafting Retreat, a retreat situated on the farm.
ABC News couldn’t reach Meads-Hanson for comment, but a post on Blosom’s Facebook page said the cow “was called to graze in a more glorious pasture.”
Blosom died after suffering a leg injury.
Meads-Hanson found the cow down in a pasture, her left leg in “a position that wasn’t normal,” according to a post on the Facebook page. Two veterinarians worked in the pouring rain to try to lift the cow but they were ultimately unsuccessful.
“Her injury appeared to happen when she laid down, slipping in the mud, and damaging a ligament in her hip, and would never be able to stand. I had to make that hard decision - I wouldn't let her suffer. It's the last act of kindness you can do for an animal you love, but it sure is hard,” Meads-Hanson wrote on Facebook.