Gigantic Steer Named ‘Knickers’ Who’s Almost As Tall As Michael Jordan Goes Viral—And Holy Cow 😮

Holy cow! Uh . . . we mean, steer.

Australia has quite the reputation when it comes to growing stuff big, namely things you don’t want to see that big: spiders so large they catch and carry mice, bugs bigger than your whole hand, and 4 lb avocados lovingly referred to as Avozillas. (Wait, what?!)

And just when you think you’ve seen it all and you don’t want to see anything king-sized from our Aussie pals again, they go and surprise us with 1.5 tons of prime beef, all in one colossal cow—we mean steer.

Meet Knickers

Currently residing on a farm in Myalup and weighing in at over 3000 pounds and nearly 6 foot 4 inches tall, the seven-year-old Holstein Friesian named Knickers is unofficially Australia’s biggest steer. His height has been compared online to that of former NBA star Michael Jordan.

But, according to the Guinness World Records, Knickers is not the biggest living steer in the world. That distinction belongs to a Chianina ox named Bellino, who, when he was last measured in Rome, Italy, in 2010, was more than 6 feet 7 inches tall.

There were plenty of “udderly” ridiculous puns at Knickers expense.

And there were a few that just aren’t destined to become true:

Knicker’s kicker

Just when you thought you’d paid all the gargantuan creepiness dues Oz could throw at you and were about to be rewarded with Australia’s biggest bounty yet — something that could make all your behemoth burger-loving dreams come true — you find out the kicker: Knickers is just too big to fail.

Because of his towering height and extra beefy bod, Knickers is so mammoth he can’t fit through the doors of the abattoir (that’s the fancy French word for slaughterhouse). Geoff Pearson, his owner and third-generation cattle farmer, told PerthNow that Knickers is just “too heavy” to be killed for his meat.

Pearson said:

“I wouldn’t be able to put it through a processing facility. So I think it will just live happily ever after.”

Others were just impressed by the size of this bovine:

Some lamented that Knickers’ friends wouldn’t also be spared, but everyone—carnivores and vegetarians alike—seemed happy about the big guy’s luck.

Big steer on campus

But Knickers may never have truly been intended to make it to your plate anyway because Pearson, who told PerthNow he bought Knickers for around $400 about six years ago, did so with the intention of using him as a “coach” for his other cattle. As Newsweek explained in their piece on the enormous bovine, a coach is “…a steer, or castrated male cow, that leads other cattle.”

One thing’s for sure, it looks like Knickers may have finally answered this age-old question:


H/T: Twitter, Newsweek