Massive Australian cow nearly as tall as Michael Jordan goes viral

A cow in Western Australia has gone udderly viral due to its sheer size and stature. 

Knickers, a 7-year-old male Holstein-Friesian cow, clocks in at a whopping six feet three inches tall — just three inches shy of NBA legend Michael Jordan — and weighs 3,086 pounds, earning him the unofficial title of largest steer in Australia. 

To put his size in perspective, a fully-mature Holstein-Friesian cow weighs about 1,500 pounds and stands at four feet eight inches tall at the shoulder, according to The Cattle Site. Bulls usually max out at around five feet nine inches tall and can weigh upwards of 2,200 pounds.

While Knickers dwarfs the average Holstein-Friesian in both height and weight, he is still a couple inches smaller than the Guinness World Record-holder for tallest steer: A Chianina ox named Bellino, who measured over six feet six inches tall in Rome in 2010.

Still, Knickers' impressive size has garnered him global attention, leading many to wonder what fate may befall the behemoth bovine. 

Knickers' owner, Geoff Pearson, told Perth Now that the massive cow has officially been spared from the chopping block — but not due to his newfound celebrity status, as one might think. 

"It was too heavy. I wouldn’t be able to put it through a processing facility," he told the outlet. "So I think it will just live happily ever after."

Off to greener pastures, indeed.

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