Meet the Zoo: Tetley the Dairy Cow

July 10, 2012

The Prospect Park Zoo has welcomed a new addition: a dairy cow. Tetley represents one of the oldest breeds of cow in the world, and she's also the zoo's largest animal, weighing in at 900 pounds.

One of the most beloved areas of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo is the barn, which features domestic livestock that visitors can touch and feed. Friendly goats, sheep and alpacas greet visitors with a chorus of baahs and bleets.

This summer, another domestic animal has joined the others in the barnyard; in fact the zoo expanded the pasture areas just for her. Tetley the dairy cow is definitely the largest animal in the pasture and, at 900-pounds, she is the largest animal in the Prospect Park Zoo. Visitors are surprised at her size, but Tetley might even be considered “petite” for a dairy cow since a full grown Holstein cow can weigh up to 1,500 pounds.

To keep reading Denise McClean's blog for Park Slope Patch, click here.