Too Beefy to Kill: Giant Steer Wins Reprieve

Australia's Knickers grew too big for the abattoir, will live out his life at pasture with quaint tiny cows
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2018 9:25 AM CST
Knickers the steer, center, in a paddock with his herd in Lake Preston, Australia.   (Channel 7's Today Tonight via AP)
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(Newser) – If you're going to be named after women's unmentionables, you'd better be big enough or mean enough to defend yourself. The former is the inadvertent case of Knickers, a Holstein-Friesian steer in Australia who saved himself from the slaughterhouse by simple virtue of being too huge for meat processors to handle, reports the BBC. How big is too big for burgers? The 7-year-old Knickers clocks in at 6 feet, 4 inches tall and some 1.5 tons, notes the AP. "He was always a standout steer from the others, a bit bigger than the rest," says owner Geoff Pearson. But Knickers just kept growing, and by the time Pearson tried to sell him last month, he was just too big. As for the steer's moniker, Pearson explains: "When we first got him, we had a Brahman steer [that] was a friend of his. So his name was bra ... so we [had] bra and knickers. We never thought he would turn into a big knickers." (Read more steer stories.)

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