Knick­ers stak­ing his claim to great­ness

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Liam Croy

The world has gone nuts for Knick­ers.

If only the giant steer knew how much hap­pi­ness he had spread from his peace­ful pas­ture in WA’s South West.

The 194cm hol­stein friesian has put Myalup on the map since he ap­peared on To­day Tonight and the front page of The West Aus­tralian.

He be­came an overnight viral sen­sa­tion, at­tract­ing in­ter­est from hun­dreds of news out­lets from the US, Bri­tain and be­yond.

BBC, CNN, USA To­day, As­so­ci­ated Press, The Guardian — you name it, all of the big play­ers wanted a piece of the beef pie.

“This is one farm an­i­mal you wouldn’t want any beef with,” CNN said. Ir­ish out­let The Jour­nal re­ported: “The biggest cow in Aus­tralia, if not the world: Why Knick­ers the steer is cap­ti­vat­ing the planet.”

Weigh­ing more than a fam­ily sedan at 1.4 tonnes, Knick­ers was too heavy to be “pro­cessed”.

In other words, his hulk­ing size saved him from a trip to the abat­toir.

Some read­ers were grate­ful that Knick­ers had pro­vided a story free of doom, gloom or sad end­ings.

“Thank you, #GiantCow. In a time like this, we need a hero like you,” Twit­ter user Nemi­sis said.

Oth­ers went sev­eral steps fur­ther, sug­gest­ing Knick­ers should run for pres­i­dent of the US in 2020. US model Chrissy Tei- gen told her 10.6 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers about Knick­ers af­ter she spot­ted his story dur­ing a flight. “Damn that is one huge cow. This is why I buy in­ter­net on flights,” Teigen said.

Pre­dictably, a smat­ter­ing of so­cial me­dia users claimed the pho­tos had been doc­tored.

But the scep­tics were a few drops in an ocean of love for Knick­ers, who is now the “spirit an­i­mal” of many strangers.

Spare a thought for Ge­off Pear­son, though — the third-gen­er­a­tion cat­tle farmer who bought Knick­ers for $400.

Mr Pear­son was busy enough as it was, with­out hav­ing to act as a man­ager of the world’s hottest bovine.

He spent last week be­ing bom­barded with phone calls.

“It would be ev­ery 10 to 15 min­utes I’ve had a call to­day, from ev­ery coun­try,” Mr Pear­son said.

“There wouldn’t be one coun­try I haven’t had a call from.”

It would be ev­ery 10 to 15 min­utes I’ve had a call to­day, from ev­ery coun­try. – Ge­off Pear­son

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