Update: September 29, 2022: Rani sadly passed away in August at 2 years old but was posthumously recognized by the Guinness World Records as the official shortest cow on Earth. She passed away due to a buildup of internal gas. Rest in peace little one.
‘We have a mixed feelings after Rani got the recognition. We are happy that she got her due honours. But we are at the same very sad because she is no more with us,’ owner Kazi Mohammad Abu Sufian said.
Original article from July 9, 2021, below:
Rani, a tiny Bhutti, or Bhutanese cow, is creating a sensation and controversy on a farm in Bangladesh. The 23-month-old cow is fully grown, but the other cows dwarf her. She’s so tiny that she wears a bell to help her owners find her.
According to the region’s chief vet, she will likely always remain her current size due to genetic inbreeding.
Rani lives on a farm in Charigram near Dhaka, the densely populated capital city. Generally, she is kept separate from the other cows but is seen in a video getting a lick. (see videos below)
According to her owners, she has difficulty walking and is usually afraid of the others cows.
Amazingly, Rani stands only 20-inches (51 cm) tall and is nearly 26 inches (66 cm) long. Also, she weighs just around 57-62 pounds (26-28 kg).
“We call it Rani, which means queen,” says M.A. Hassan Howlader, manager at Shikor Agro Farm. “She doesn’t eat much,” he says. Also, “she eats a small amount of bran and straw twice a day, [and] likes to roam outside and seems to be happy when we take her in our arms.”
Swarmed by Paparazzi and Fans
Shockingly, Howlader says as many as 15,000 people have come to see Rani the Queen. In videos, swarms of people with cameras are seen following the miniature bovine.
Notably, he bought Rani from another farm in Bangladesh’s northwest Naogaon district, reports Yahoo. Fortunately, there are no plans to sell Rani for sacrifice at the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, coming in weeks.
“People come long distances despite the coronavirus lockdown,” he said. “Most want to take selfies with Rani.”
According to Rani’s owners, she is almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) shorter than the World’s Smallest Cow in the current Guinness World Records.
Now, Rani’s owners have applied with Guinness and hope to take the World’s Shortest Cow title. In the meantime, Rani has caused a sensation, as thousands of people are coming to get a glimpse of her.
See more from SWNS:
Flocking to See a Tiny Cow During Lockdown
According to MSN, as people are flocking to see the tiny cow, Covid-19 cases are peaking at 11,000 for the first time on July 6. Even so, the country entered a hard lockdown in late June. Thus, the tiny cow could be posing a “public health risk” for Bangladesh.
As many as 200 people died, the highest number for any month as the Delta variant is spreading. Nearby in neighboring India, there have been as many as 403,000 new cases reported in just one day in May.
See video via WION:
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