Despite nationwide transport restrictions amid record highs of Covid infections, thousands have flocked into rickshaws to see the miniature bovine
23-month-old Rani is just 20 inches (or 51cm) tall
A tiny 20-inch tall cow thought to be the world’s smallest has drawn thousands of visitors defying coronavirus restrictions to a remote farm in Bangladesh.
23-month-old Rani, a Bhutanese cow that suffers from dwarfism, has become an unlikely celebrity over lockdown.
Despite nationwide transport restrictions amid record highs of Covid infections, thousands have travelled in rickshaws to see the tiny animal at Shikor Agro farm in Charigram, 19 miles from Dhaka.
Owner M.A. Hasan Howlader believes the cow is likely to be the world’s shortest bovine.
The current world record belongs to a Vechur cow named Manikyam from the Indian state of Kerala, which measures 61.1 centimetres (24.1 in) from the hoof to the withers.
The cow’s owners claim it has smashed the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest alive (Image: Signature Group / SWNS.com)
A domestic cattle stands next to dwarf cow Rani (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
Rani is a Bhutanese cow breed from the same subspecies as Manikyam. Bos taurus indicus, also known as zebu, is native to the Indian sub-continent and known for its humped shoulders and drooping ears.
Speaking about the animal’s overnight popularity, the farm manager said: “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.”
Sajedul Islam, the government’s chief vet for the region, said Rani is a product of genetic inbreeding and unlikely to become any bigger.
People feed the tiny bovine cow, which has attracted thousands of visitors (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
People have flocked in rickshaws to take pictures of the cow, flouting nationwide coronavirus restrictions (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
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.
23-month-old Rani is just 20 inches (or 51cm) tall (Image: Signature Group / SWNS.com)