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Australian steer turns heads at 6 feet, 4 inches tall

By
Ben Hooper

Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The owner of a gargantuan steer known unofficially as the largest in Australia said the over 3,000-pound bovine's size saved him from the slaughterhouse.

Geoff Pearson said Knickers, the 6-foot-and-4-inch-tall Holstein Friesian steer living at his Myalup, Western Australia, farm, was simply too big for the slaughterhouse.

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"It was too heavy. I wouldn't be able to put it through a processing facility," Pearson told Perth Now. "So I think it will just live happily ever after."

He said Knickers now serves as a "coach," a steer that takes charge of the rest of the bovines at his farm.

Knickers has also quickly found fame as a viral celebrity online, where he is unofficially known as Australia's biggest steer.

Guinness World Records lists the largest living steer as a 6.6-foot-tall Chianina ox named Bellino in Italy.

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