Knickers the Giant Cow Is Getting Agitated at All This Worldwide Attention

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Seven-year-old Knickers is believed to be the biggest steers in the world and was saved from a slaughterhouse due to his size. ABC News

Sport, music and movie stars seldom cope with constant media scrutiny and it appears animals are no different from humans.

The owner of the giant cow that’s recently become an internet sensation believes the animal has had “a lot of media all over him”, after journalists visited the Preston cattle farm in Myalup, Western Australia, where Knickers lives .

"He’s getting a bit agitated ,” Geoff Pearson was quoted as saying by BuzzFeed.

"He’s a bit of a recluse, but he’s got a lot of followers. He’s potentially a proud steer because others look up to him."

The cow, who stands at 6 feet 4 inches and weighs more than 3,000 pounds, has been saved from the slaughterhouse because of his size.

The 7-year-old Holstein Friesian steer managed to avoid a trip to the abattoir after it was found that he was too big to pass through a processing facility when his owner tried to put him up for auction last month.

Earlier this week, pictures of the animal towering over other cows went viral on Twitter but Pearson, who does not use social media, was initially unaware of the attention surrounding Knickers.

According to BuzzFeed, the farmer only found the cow had gone "worldwide viral"  when he started receiving phone calls and text messages explaining what was going on.

"We’re a bit surprised actually," he added. "I didn’t think it would gain much momentum."

Knickers, who is more than double the weight of an average Holstein Friesian cattle breed, was originally bought by Pearson as a “coach”—a steer, or castrated male cow, that leads other cattle—around six years ago.

“He was always a standout steer from the others, a bit bigger than the rest," Pearson told the BBC. Despite other members of Knickers’s herd being sent to the slaughterhouse, Pearson said he decided to let Knickers stay on the feedlot as “he's not hurting anyone.”

However, after a while with the steer continuing to grow, Pearson has now discovered Knickers is just too big to sell.

"You'll put him in a paddock and all the other cattle seem to get attracted to him," Pearson told ABC News.

"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."

According to the Guinness World Records, the biggest living steer in the world is a chianina ox named Bellino, who was more than 6 feet 7 inches tall when he was measured in Rome, Italy in 2010.

 

 

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