Holy cow! Giant steer ‘Knickers’ stands head and shoulders over herd

Knickers definitely stands out from the herd

Knickers definitely stands out from the herd

An enormous cow called "Knickers" has been saved by farmers in Australia, who say he is just too big to kill.

Footage released by Australian media shows the gentle giant roaming around with the rest of the herd, which he towers above.

His mammoth size means he gets to live out his days roaming the fields in Western Australia rather than being sent to slaughter.

Geoff Pearson, Knickers' owner, said the beast's size could save his life - as he is too BIG for an abattoir to process.

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".

But what Knickers lacks in size, he makes up for in sheer steer popularity, based on the reaction from the internet.

At 194 centimetres high WA-born steer Knickers is believed to be the tallest in Australia
At 194 centimetres high WA-born steer Knickers is believed to be the tallest in Australia

"So I think it will just live happily ever after".

First purchased for A$400 as a 12-month old, the seven-year old monster was set to be turned into hamburgers until a recent reprieve.

How Knickers got his name is simple but charming - Mr Pearson tells the story in the video above.

"So, his name was Bra.so we [had] Bra and Knickers".

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

According to Guinness World Records, the world's tallest living steer is an Italian chianina ox called Bellino that was measured just over 2 metres to the withers in Rome in 2010.

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