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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Meet Knickers, the cow dubbed Australia’s largest steer who’s charming the world

He’s an absolute unit.

(Channel 7’s Today Tonight via AP)
(Channel 7’s Today Tonight via AP)

By Alistair Mason, Press Association

An animal dubbed Australia’s biggest steer has been saved from the slaughterhouse – because he’s just too huge to deal with.

The seven-year-old, known rather incongruously as Knickers, stands at 6ft 4in tall and weighs in at a whopping 220 stone.

But if that sounds like a whole lot of steak and hamburgers then think again – when owner Geoff Pearson tried to sell Knickers on, he was told by meat processors the steer was simply too big.

Pearson told perthnow.com.au: “It was too heavy. I wouldn’t be able to put it through a processing facility. So I think it will just live happily ever after.”

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(Channel 7/AP)

Unsurprisingly, Knickers’ story has been a huge hit online.

While Knickers is undoubtedly larger than your average steer – a neutered male – the video images are somewhat misleading. He is a Holstein Friesian surrounded by wagyu, a naturally smaller breed of cattle.

Knickers will live out the rest of his days in Myalup, Western Australia.

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