Meet big Knickers, the steer too big for the slaughterhouse

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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.

But if that sounds like a whole lot of steak and hamburgers then think again - when owner Geoff Pearson tried to sell Knickers on, he was told by meat processors the steer was simply too big.

In this image made from video taken November 15, 2018, Knickers the steer, center back, is pictured with a herd of cows in Lake Preston, Australia.

"We never thought he would turn into a big knickers".

"Whenever he wants to get up and start walking there's a trail of hundreds of cattle following him". But he's very placid, not aggressive, just inquisitive'. Even Pearson doesn't know.

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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.

She said: "Damn that is one huge cow".

Pearson told Network Ten Knickers "has had a hell of a time" with his sudden popularity but became agitated one day from too many people taking his picture. I'm not sure how we will handle his newfound popularity'.

'He's just getting on with his job, which is basically just eating and sleeping, ' he said.

His unusual name comes from his pairing with a long-departed Brahman steer named Bra - giving the farm a "full set of underwear". Bellino, a Chianina ox from Italy, still owns the world record for tallest living steer at a whopping six-foot-seven-inches tall, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Mr Pearson said that due to his size, Knickers is too big for the abattoir.

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