Lb. Cow Saved from Slaughterhouse Because He Is Too Big to Sell

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A staggering steer in Australia has the internet - and the colossal cattle's owner - saying, "Holy cow".

Knickers (pictured far left) is a seven-year-old Holstein Friesian.

His name is Knickers, and he now resides in WA with a herd of other cows he surprisingly hasn't eaten yet.

Standing at almost two-metres tall and weighing 1.4 tonnes, "Knickers" is unofficially the largest steer in Australia.

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.

Pearson told The Guardian he is unsure what contributed to Knickers' massive size; it's just some "freaky thing".

Thanks to its size, the mammoth Knickers managed to stay out of the slaughterhouse due to the mere fact that he was too big to fit through the processing plant.

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At some 1,400kg and 194cm, the seven-year-old is believed to be the biggest steer in a country home to millions of cattle.

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.

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

Knickers, the mammoth Australian steer, was too large to be sold at an auction.

According to Guinness World Records, the tallest steer on the planet can be found in Italy - a 202cm Chianina ox named Bellino.

Pearson can offer no suggestion on why he became so big: "We don't know that ourselves", he said.

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