Meet Knickers. When images of this overgrown bovine behemoth began circulating on the internet, many assumed it was a joke. It isn’t. Knickers is real. The 6’4″ Friesian Holstein steer is the pride of the herd. Now reports say he has been spared the fate of most cows becasue he’s simply too big for the slaughter house.
How big? Knickers tops out at more than 3,000 pounds. For context, an American Bison bull typically tops out at 2,200 pounds. Most bulls come in well under the 3,000 pound mark.
Knickers currently lives on a farm in Australia. When his owners took him to be processed, the abattoir turned Knickers away. He was too big to fit in the chutes they use when processing cattle.
News of his fate spread and has helped earn Knickers a legion of new fans. After a local news outlet covered the cow, the video took off. Now there would be a massive revolt if Knickers were to be processed for beef.
“Whenever he wants to get up and start walking there’s a trail of hundreds of cattle following him,” Knickers’ owner Geoff Pearson told reporters. “You’ll put him in a paddock and all the other cattle seem to get attracted to him.”
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“He was too big to go into the export plant’s chain,” Pearson added. “We have a high turnover of cattle and he was lucky enough to stay behind.”
The appeal to the rest of the herd is understandable. Knickers is the first of his kind to have gone to the slaughterhouse and returned. There has to be something the others might learn from his example.
Knickers is large, and seems to have eclipsed the records for Australian cows. There are very few that are larger, though. Part of this comes from the fact that these animals are raised for meat. Steers aren’t capable of reproducing, so they rarely live out their natural lifespans.
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Knickers, though, is now almost guaranteed to live out his life.