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Rani the miniature cow draws crowds in Bangladesh as she awaits world record status

The i 13/07/2021 Sally Guyoncourt

Rani the cow may be a very small creature but she is drawing great crowds.

Coronavirus restrictions have been brushed aside by people in Bangladesh as they flock to a farm to see what is thought to be the world’s smallest cow.

Guinness World Records have yet to certify the claim Rani has a bovine personal best for size.

But farm manager Mohammad Salim said: “We are very confident that this will be very smallest one.”

At 20 inches tall (51cm), 26 inches long (66cm), pint-sized Rani is small enough to be picked up and carried about.

However, being so short has also made the 23-month-old Bhutanese front runner for a global first place.

The current record holder for smallest cow, according to the Guinness World Records website, is Manikyam, a cow from the Indian state of Kerala who was 24.07 inches (61 cm) tall when it made it to the record books in 2014.

a man petting a goat: Rani is measured up while owners await a decision from the Guinness Book of Records on the world’s smallest cow. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty) © Provided by The i Rani is measured up while owners await a decision from the Guinness Book of Records on the world’s smallest cow. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty)

Bangladesh is under an extended lockdown to combat a surge in cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus.

Despite a nationwide transport shutdown, more than 15,000 visitors are reported to have travelled to see Rani at her farm in Charigram, near the capital Dhaka.

“I have never seen anything like this in my life,” visitor Rina Begum told BBC Bangla.

Rani was bought by the Shikor Agro Farm shortly after her birth. Bhutanese cows are prized for their meat.

Her reduced stature means she is half the size of the rest of the herd, the result of “genetic inbreeding” according to Sajedul Islam, the government’s chief veterinarian for the region.

Farm authorities have no plans to part with her though, with a world record pending good things may well come in small packages.

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