In news that could only come from Australia, a giant cow named Knickers has been deemed too big to eat.
4,000 Burgers-Worth of Cow
Knickers is a 7-year-old steer owned by Geoff Pearson. The Holstein Friesian looks like a normal cow… except for the part where he is 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs more than 3,000 pounds!
Pearson estimates that the cow could become 4,000 burger patties–much more than the average steer–but that he’ll never part with Knickers. The cow’s massive size saved him from the slaughterhouse.
Honestly, if Pixar isn’t optioning this story for a new animated feature right now, then they’re fools. It’s like Babe meets Charlotte’s Web meets Godzilla!
Not Quite the Biggest Steer Ever
The big ol’ boy from Down Under is tall enough to play for the NBA and weighs more than an average car. Yet somehow, Knickers is not quite the biggest steer ever recorded. In 2010, that honor when to Bellino, a chianina ox who stood 6 feet, 6 inches tall at the shoulder.
What’s in a 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 told BBC reporters. “We never thought he would turn into a big Knickers.”
For our American readers, “knickers” is British slang for ladies’ undergarments.
Despite the rather silly name, Knickers is apparently revered by the other cows on Pearson’s farm. The smaller cattle follow him around, which is ridiculously adorable. Pearson says, “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.”
Knickers might be on the move, but there’s no word on whether he ever gets in a twist.