Big is beautiful, especially if you’re a steer.
A black-and-white Holstein Friesian won social media fame after photos surfaced of the 194-centimetre steer standing head and shoulders above a herd of brown wagyu cattle in Western Australia.
The steer in question is called Knickers, and his unbelievable size was enough to save him from the slaughterhouse, reports The Verge.
Here’s Knickers enjoying a typical day in the field:
People have been astounded by Knickers’ relative size, but apparently, he’s not as much of an anomaly as you’d think.
“I am not sure he is so much a freak as just a tall Holstein,” Alison Van Eenennaam, a professor at UC Davis’ Department of Animal Science and a leading researcher in animal genomics, wrote in an email.
“We have a steer in California that is 193 cm and the Guinness Book of Records has a Holstein cow that is 193 (6 foot 4 inches).”
Danniel, the aforementioned Californian steer, died this year at eight years old. While he was still around, “he would eat 100 pounds of hay and 15 pounds of grain and drink 100 gallons of water a day,” wrote Honolulu’s Star-Advertiser.
Knickers will live out the rest of his days at the 3 000-acre farm doing his job as a coach for the other cattle, showing them how to live on a farm.
That isn’t made up. Knickers was bought to train cows.
He is undeniably very cute.
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