Steer too big to be slaughtered, reprieved to life on a farm
LAKE PRESTON, Australia — Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge.
The black-and-white Holstein Friesian won social media fame and many proclamations of “Holy Cow!” after photos surfaced of the 6-foot-4-inch steer standing head and shoulders above a herd of brown wagyu cattle in western Australia.
Owner Geoff Pearson said Knickers was too heavy to go to the slaughterhouse.
“We have a high turnover of cattle, and he was lucky enough to stay behind,” Pearson said.
Instead of becoming steaks and burgers, 7-year-old Knickers will get to live out his life in Pearson’s fields in Lake Preston, southwest of Perth.