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Holy Cow: Australia’s giant steer has internet in splits

Holy Cow: Australia’s giant steer has internet in splits

Knickers, the seven-year-old Australian cow (technically, a steer), stands over six-feet tall, and weighs a whopping 3,086 pounds, which is about 1.4 tonnes.

An Australian steer has been saved from slaughter because it is too big to be processed in a normal abattoir.

In a moo-ving fairy tale ending, Knickers will get to live in peace for the rest of his days, grazing in Lake Preston, southwest of Perth, according to the AP. "We never thought he would turn into a big knickers".

The steer - a neutered male cow - is so huge he was unable to be processed at the slaughterhouse and as a result managed to save himself from a premature death, according to his owner. He is very big -enormous, actually.

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In fact, he's helping Pearson out on the Lake Preston farm by coaching and herding other cattle. Despite other members of Knickers's herd being sent to the slaughterhouse, Pearson said he chose to let Knickers stay on the feedlot as "he's not hurting anyone".

Knickers looms above the thousands of other cattle that he feeds with in rural Western Australia.

Knickers' huge size would affect his life expectancy, but Mr Pearson thinks he has a few good years left and so far didn't need any special looking after as long as he had enough food and water. He told the Guardian, "We don't know that ourselves".

Much of that is down to Knickers' pure animal magnetism - other cattle tend to follow him around the paddocks in their hundreds.