At just 20 inches high, Rani was the world’s smallest cow. But, unfortunately, Rani didn’t get to enjoy that title in her life; the tiny cow died suddenly in August due to a gas build-up in her stomach. She was 2 years old.
Rani lived on a farm outside of Dhaka, the capitol of Bangladesh. She became an instant celebrity, with people coming from all over to witness the miniature cow.
Rani’s owner, Kazi Mohammad Abu Sufian, applied to the Guinness Book of World Records before Rani’s death. On Monday, Sufian received an email from Guinness World Records saying that Rani had beaten the previous record held by a 24 inch tall Indian cow.
“We have a mixed feelings after Rani got the recognition,” said Sufian. “We are happy that she got her due honours. But we are at the same very sad because she is no more with us.”
M.A. Hasan Howlader, manager of Shikor Agro farm where Rani lived, said recently, “More than 15,000 people have come to see Rani in the past three days alone.”
The government’s regional veterinarian Sajedul Islam said that Rani’s small size was the result of “genetic inbreeding.” He told the cow’s owners to not have so many tourists crowding the farm, as it could lead to undue stress.
Angry Cows on the Beach in Corsica
The French-owned island of Corsica is known to have a few cows here and there on its beaches. It’s all part of Corsica’s charm; French food, good wine, beautiful beaches, and about 15,000 cows.
But, in August, the beaches had to close as a herd of aggressive cows took to terrorizing the tourists. They were chasing people down a busy street, gored a man in the neck and an old woman in the leg while she was hanging out her laundry. Both had to be taken to the hospital with severe wounds. The cows even destroyed cars and other private property.
Officials finally closed down the southern part of the island to address the problem. “When you see that [the cows] are heading in a particular direction, it is best to give them priority,” said an animal rescue official on Corsica.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place everywhere the past year, it seems like the cows got used to the empty beaches.