Holy cow! Meet Knickers the giant steer, too big to be slaughtered

Nov 29, 2018, 08:46
Holy cow! Meet Knickers the giant steer, too big to be slaughtered

But you'd be wrong.

Holstein-Friesians are a dairy breed and normally weigh in at about 1,500 pounds and stand about 4ft 1ins tall. That title belongs to Bellino, an Italian steer who stands about 2 in. taller than Knickers, reports The Guardian. Despite other members of Knickers's herd being sent to the slaughterhouse, Pearson said he made a decision to let Knickers stay on the feedlot as "he's not hurting anyone".

But nobody - not even Knickers' owner in Western Australia - knows how he got so big, according to The Guardian.

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"So I think it will just live happily ever after", he added.

In this image made from video taken November 15, 2018, Knickers the steer, center back, is pictured with a herd of cows in Lake Preston, Australia.

"He was always a standout steer from the others, a bit bigger than the rest", says Mr Pearson.

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Anyway you put it, people the world over have been udderly captivated by big Knickers, the steer who has put the tiny WA town of Myalup on the world stage.

His owner Geoff Pearson said he roamed the paddocks of his feedlot near Lake Preston, about 90 minutes south of Perth, with hundreds of cattle following him.

Steers grow to be much larger than bulls because they are castrated at an early age, meaning normal developmental hormone changes that halt growth do not occur.

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When asked for possible reasons why Knickers became such an awe-inspiring absolute unit, Du said it could be any one of a range of conditions.

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