Sometimes there are things on the internet that spread around because they are important information, and other times it’s because it’s so completely crazy that it just needs to be seen to be believed.
Knickers is definitely more of the latter.
Knickers is a 6’4″ seven-year-old steer who has taken the internet by storm. He lives in Australia and towers over the rest of his herd.
He is reported to weigh around 1.5 tons and this hefty heifer has made quite the name for himself after his size managed to save his life.
“He was too big to go into the export plant’s chain,” Knicker’s owner Geoff Pearson explained. “We have a high turnover of cattle, and he was lucky enough to stay behind.”
Knickers’ giant body isn’t just strange to look at, it meant that he couldn’t fit in the facility, and will get to live out the rest of his life in luxury.
“It was too heavy. I wouldn’t be able to put it through a processing facility,” Pearson revealed. “So I think it will just live happily ever after.”
Knickers may have been saved from slaughter, but he still has a job to do. He’s actually been helping Pearson train the other cows and keeps them in line.
“You’ll put him in a paddock and all the other cattle seem to get attracted to him,” the farmer said. “Whenever he wants to get up and start walking, there’s a trail of hundreds of cattle following him.”
Maybe it’s just that his size creates a sort of gravitational pull?
Experts have been weighing in on if this cow is actually as unique as it seems to be, but Dr. M. Todd See says that it’s actually just the breed of Knickers and his herd that makes the difference appear so drastic.
“The Holstein Fresian is one of the larger cattle breeds and is the largest dairy breed of cattle in size,” See said in an interview with TIME. “The cattle that he is pictured with are of beef breed or breed crosses that are more moderate in size, so from a genetic perspective, I would expect him to be larger and taller. A simple but perhaps more extreme analogy would be a Great Dane dog as compared to a Yorkshire Terrier.”
Another contributing factor to his large size is the fact that he is older than most cows who are raised for beef. “He is 7 years old. Typically cattle raised on pasture for beef would be 18 to 26 months of age,” See explained. “While when he reached greater than two years of age his rate of growth would have slowed, he would have continued to increase in weight and size.”
There have been a couple other cows around the world that meet Knickers impressive size, but even if he’s not the only giant cow, he’s still impressive!