Meet Rani, a pint-size bovine in Bangladesh, who has drawn thousands of adoring fans to her farm
A farm in Bangladesh has produced a cow named Rani that is just 20 inches tall, likely earning her the title of world’s shortest cow, Reuters reports. This beast of the field in miniature weighs in at 57 pounds, and she’s so small that farmers can carry her around.
Since news of Rani’s diminutive stature got out, thousands of people have flouted coronavirus restrictions to visit the farm in Charigram that she calls home, reports Maria Luisa Paul of the Washington Post.
“Rani is a craze as she has a high possibility to have her name in the Guinness Book of World Records,” Kazi Mohammed Abu Sufian, who runs a farm in the area, tells the Post in a written message.
“Many people are coming from different places to see the mysterious cow, the smallest cow in the world so I also have to be here to see the cow,” a visitor named Ranu Begum tells Reuters.
Rani, which means queen in Bengali, is a white Bhutti, or Bhutanese cow, and she’s just 23 months old. She is not expected to get any taller, per the Post, though the past year saw Rani gain 15 pounds. If her height can be confirmed, Rani will claim the title of world’s shortest bovine, which is currently held by a 24-inch-tall Vechur cow named Manikyam from India in a record set in 2014.
BBC News reports that farm manager Hasan Howladar purchased Rani last year from another farm and has officially applied to have her certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
“She doesn’t eat much. She eats a small amount of bran and straw twice a day,” Howladar tells BBC News. “She likes to roam outside and seems to be happy when we take her in our arms.”