Dwarf cow in Bangladesh's Dhaka attracts thousands of visitors
This farm is in Charigram, 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Dhaka.Author : Priyal Mahajan
The natives of Bangladesh are no longer worried about their safety anymore and are disobeying the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to meet the 23-month-old cow, Rani a 51-centimetre (20-inch) tall cow and its owners claim it is the world's smallest cow.
All newspapers and television stations are throwing a spotlight on this media star from a small farm in Dhaka. The farm has now become a tourist spot and has a lot of visitors.
The farm is in Charigram, 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Dhaka.
People are travelling long distances through rickshaws just to pay a visit to this cute cow and are clicking pictures with it, despite the nationwide lockdown which is put up to prevent reading of the virus.
M.A. Hasan Howlader, manager of Shikor Agro farm, uses a tape measure to show dozens of onlookers Rani's size.
Rani is 66 centimetres (26 inches) long and weighs only 26 kilograms (57 pounds) but the owners say it is 10 centimetres shorter than the smallest cow in Guinness World Records.
The final decision is yet to be taken by the Guinness World Records in the time of three months.
In Kerala, a cow named Manikyam is currently holding the Guinness World record of being the smallest cow in the world.
A woman who came from a neighbouring town said, “I have never seen anything like this in my life. Never!"
"People come long distances despite the coronavirus lockdown. Most want to take selfies with Rani," Howlader stated.
"More than 15,000 people have come to see Rani in the past three days alone," he said.
"Honestly speaking, we are tired."
Guinness World Records said Manikyam, from the Vechur breed, was 61 centimetres high in June 2014.
Rani is a Bhutti or Bhutanese, the cow which is prized for its meat in Bangladesh. The other Bhuttis on the farm is double Rani's size.
"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," the manager said.
Sajedul Islam, the government's chief vet of the region, said Rani is a product of "genetic inbreeding" and was unlikely to become any bigger.
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 here that threaten Rani's health," he said.