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Record Texas longhorn has horns wider than Statue of Liberty's face

Poncho Via is a gentle giant with a soft spot for apples, carrots and marshmallows -- and he now has the world record for the longest horns.

GOODWATER, Ala — A Texas longhorn in Alabama has set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for longest horns, with a span wider than the Statue of Liberty's face.

News outlets cite Guinness World Records as announcing last week that Poncho Via's horns measured just over 10-feet-7-inches as of last month, beating all previous records. The 7-year-old steer belongs to a family in Goodwater, just southeast of Birmingham. Poncho's owner Jeral Pope says he brought Poncho into the family when the steer was 6 months old.

The organization says the Pope family first noticed the potential of Poncho's horns when he was about 4 years old and his horns were growing straight out instead of curving upward. Pope says Poncho is a gentle giant with a soft spot for apples, carrots and marshmallows.

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