Thousands gather to see Rani, 'world's smallest cow'

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Curious visitors have flocked to see a cow which might be the smallest one in the world.

According to the BBC, 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.

People take pictures with a dwarf cow named Rani, whose owners applied to the Guinness Book of Records claiming it to be the smallest cow in the world, at a cattle farm in Charigram, about 25 km from Savar on July 6, 2021. (Photo by Munir Uz zaman / AFP) (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
People take pictures with a dwarf cow named Rani, whose owners applied to the Guinness Book of Records claiming it to be the smallest cow in the world, at a cattle farm in Charigram, about 25 km from Savar on July 6, 2021. (Photo by Munir Uz zaman / AFP) (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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

A dwarf cow named Rani (bottom), whose owners applied to the Guinness Book of Records claiming it to be the smallest cow in the world, walks next to a goat at a cattle farm in Charigram, about 25 km from Savar on July 6, 2021. (Photo by Munir Uz zaman / AFP) (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A dwarf cow named Rani (bottom), whose owners applied to the Guinness Book of Records claiming it to be the smallest cow in the world, walks next to a goat at a cattle farm in Charigram, about 25 km from Savar on July 6, 2021. (Photo by Munir Uz zaman / AFP) (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via 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.

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

"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 that threaten Rani's health," he said.

(With inputs from BBC)

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