TOO BEEFY FOR BURGERS: Giant steer won't go to slaughterhouse

"He was too big to go into the export plant's chain", Pearson told the Australian outlet.

Best of all, Knickers has been given a job as a "coach", which is a steer tasked with leading other cattle around the farm.

Basking in the glory that is Knickers the cow, netizens have gone off the deep end, professing their love and general sense of shock over the giant steer.

At 6 feet, 4 inches tall, and weighing just over than 1.4 tons, Knickers the cow became a global sensation after photos of him towering over the rest of his herd in Western Australia surfaced. He is actually too big to be slaughtered.

Knickers, now an internet sensation, will live out the rest of his life on Pearson's farm in the town of Lake Preston, just southwest of Perth.

Knickers' massive 30kg-a-day diet is a mix of natural green pasture and rations of cereal grain, and though he has always been a big eater, Mr Pearson puts his size mostly down to genetics. Steers are castrated males.

Owner Geoff Pearson said that Knickers' sheer size saved him from the abattoir. "Although Knickers is the tallest of his kind in his country, the actual largest steer in the world stands at an astonishing 6'7" and can be found in Italy. "So his name was bra.so we [had] bra and knickers".

His name came about because another cattle Pearson had at the time - a Brahman steer - befriended him. He's a hit with the other cattle, who follow him around the paddocks in their hundreds.


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