Knickers the steer is moo-vin’ out because there’s a new biggest bovine in town.
Last month (which was really just a few days ago) the largest steer in the world had been located on a farm in Western Australia. Knickers the giant black-and-white Holstein Friesian stood at 6-foot, 4-inches tall and weighed in at over 3,000 lbs. There may have been a few automobile similes to try and describe that sort of size, but were completely inadequate.
We’ll refrain from more car metaphors since there is now an even larger steer, only recently found in Manitoba, Canada.
His name is Dozer, and we’re not 100% certain what breed of cattle he happens to be. What we do know is that he is 6-foot, 5-inches tall, also weighs the equivalent of a small car (or perhaps half a bus) and is described as a “big, cuddly sweetheart.”
"Dozer's quite the gentle giant," owner Karl Schoenrock told the CBC last week. "Oh, he is a smusher. You start scratching him and he'll just push into you just to get more scratches, and he loves it."
Much like Knickers, Dozer’s size saved him from a life cut short by the slaughterhouse. After being spotted by a vegan woman named Rebecca (who also proved that all vegan women are natural-born superheroes), she managed to somehow transport the enormous bovine to Kismet Creek Farm animal sanctuary near Steinbach, Manitoba in August.
Since then, Dozer’s been getting along well with both Schoenrock and his wife Raelle, as well as the sanctuary’s small herd of horses.
Also much like Knickers, Dozer is suspected to be suffering from Gigantism, a disorder of the pituitary gland that causes growth hormone to continually be excreted even after the animal has achieved full adult size. This condition causes any creature to become truly enormous, but often at the cost of their long-term health.
We’re not sure how old Dozer is, but here’s hoping that he has many more years left in him.
And if you want to get up close and personal with Dozer, we have good news! Kismet Creek Farm is open on weekends as a petting zoo, so you can go right up to Dozer and give him the head scritches he so rightly deserves.