Australia's giant steer Knickers is too big for the slaughterhouse

A huge steer in Australia

A huge steer in Australia

Knickers definitely stands out from the herd.

First purchased for A$400 as a 12-month old, the seven-year old monster was set to be turned into hamburgers until a recent reprieve.

Now he will live out his days in the paddocks of Lake Preston, southwest of Perth, instead of becoming steak and burgers because he was too heavy to sell.

Australia Huge Steer

It's not every day that you see something that truly makes you stop and say, "Holy cow". Yep, you'll need a step ladder to give it a pat on the head.

The world's tallest living steer is an Italian chianina ox measuring 2.03 metres from hoof to withers, according to Guinness World Records.

Others have come close.

Australia's own Big Moo, a South Australian Guernsey steer, was previously thought to be the biggest in Australia but he was 4 centimetres shy of Knickers' imposing stature.

Knickers has become an internet celebrity after video of him went viral.

Australia's largest cow has been saved from the slaughterhouse because of its enormous size.

Knickers' huge size would affect his life expectancy, but Mr Pearson thinks he has a few good years left and so far didn't need any special looking after as long as he had enough food and water.

"Whenever he wants to get up and start walking, there's a trail of hundreds of cattle following him". So his name was bra ... so we (had) bra and knickers.

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