People flock to see 'world's smallest cow'

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Visitors have flocked to see a cow which might be the smallest bovine in the world.

Rani, a 23-month-old dwarf cow, is 51cm tall and weighs 28kg.

She lives on a farm in Charigram, Bangladesh, with her appearance attracting more than 15,000 people, BBC Bangladesh reports.

"I have never seen anything like this in my life. Never," Rina Begum, 30, who came from a neighbouring town, said.

Dwarf cow named Rani shown next to a bigger cow.
Rani could be the smallest cow in the world at just 51cm tall. Source: Getty Images

Rani’s owner Hasan Howladar has applied to Guinness Book of Records to have the little cow officially named as the world’s smallest cow.

The little cow is a Bhutti, or Bhutanese, cow which is prized for its meat in Bangladesh. The other Bhuttis on the farm are twice Rani's size.

"We did not expect such huge interest. We did not think people would leave their homes because of the worsening virus situation. But they have come here in droves," Mr Howladar said.

Mr Howladar purchased Rani from another farm in Bangladesh last year.

He told the BBC she doesn’t eat much and has issues walking.

People measure a dwarf cow named Rani.
Rani's owner said she has difficult walking and doesn't eat much. Source: Getty Images

"She likes to roam outside and seems to be happy when we take her in our arms,” he said.

Sajedul Islam, the government's chief vet for the region, said Rani is a product of "genetic inbreeding" and was unlikely to become any bigger.

Dr Islam said he had told the farm to restrict the tourist influx.

"I told them they should not allow so many people to crowd the farm. They may carry diseases here that threaten Rani's health," he said.

The current record for world's smallest cow

The current world’s smallest cow is a Manikyam who lives in Kerala, India.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, Manikyam is 61cm tall.

It means if Rani is acknowledged as the world’s smallest cow she would beat Manikyam by 10cm.

Veterinarian Dr E M Muhammed said the height of cows such as Manikyam could be a symptom of hot and humid conditions.

with AFP

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