Knickers staking his claim to greatness
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