Knickers reportedly weighs about 1.4 tonnes. Photo: Twitter.

Many thousands of people on social media have become bemused by an overgrown steer in southwestern Australia.

Knickers, a seven-year-old Holstein Friesian steer is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs almost 1.4 tonnes, Perth Now has reported.

The shy but gigantic has been described as probably Australia’s biggest cow, but he is actually a steer – a bull who had his testicles removed while he was a calf.

His owner, Geoff Pearson, said Knickers is too big and heavy to be sold or killed for his meat. He said the big bovine would just live at the Lake Preston feedlot in Myalup, 136km south of Perth, “happily ever after.”

His story appears to be similar to Ferdinand, the friendly flower-loving giant bull who featured in a Walt Disney cartoon of the same name.

Pearson told BBC that the cow’s name was derived from a Brahman steer Knickers was close with. The other steer’s name was Bra, so the two of them were Bra and Knickers.

Netizens went into a frenzy after seeing Knickers on Twitter, with one user reportedly saying she could “stare at this picture of Knickers” all day long.

The current Guinness World Record for the biggest steer is held by Bellino, a 6-feet-7-inch Chianina Ox in Italy.

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