A steer in western Australia stands head and shoulders above his competition ― literally.
Knickers, a 7-year-old steer who lives on a farm near Lake Preston, is a whopping 6 feet, 4 inches tall. That makes this giant about 1½ feet taller than other steers, and he weighs twice as much, according to USA Today.
Although Knickers could be turned into about 4,000 hamburger patties, owner Geoff Pearson says he has no plans to lead him to the slaughterhouse.
He was actually too big for the usual processing, Pearson told ABC.Net.Au. “We have a high turnover of cattle, and he was lucky enough to stay behind.”
Pearson told the BBC how Knickers hot his name.
“When he was young, when we first got him, we had a Brahman steer which was a friend of his. So his name was Bra… so we [had] Bra and Knickers,” Pearson said. “We never thought he would turn into a big Knickers.”
Knickers might have a case to be declared Australia’s biggest steer eventually, but he has some completion on the world record. Bellino, a Chianina ox in Italy that stands 6 feet, 7 inches, according to Guinness World Records. So Knickers would have to grow some to catch up.
But what Knickers lacks in size, he makes up for in popularity, based on the reaction from social media.
— Hannah Thoburn (@HannahThoburn) November 27, 2018
Knickers is the beefiest of beefy boys, and I am OBSESSED. pic.twitter.com/l0ke7WRBMO
— Bailey Hemphill (@bailsofhemp) November 27, 2018
— DK Wright (@infodapoet) November 27, 2018
Although Knickers survived going to the slaughterhouse, he’s not getting a free ride at the farm. He helps out by leading other cattle around.
“You’ll put him in a paddock and all the other cattle seem to get attracted to him,” Pearson told ABC.Net.au. “Whenever he wants to get up and start walking, there’s a trail of hundreds of cattle following him. We all know when Knickers is on the move.”