Rani, the world’s shortest cow, has unfortunately passed away.
Measuring a mere 50.8 cm (20 inches) in height and weighing just 26 kg (57 lb), Rani gained widespread fame in July 2021 when videos and images of her diminutive stature went viral.
The two-year-old Bhutti, or Bhutanese cow, resided on a farm near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Bhutti cows are typically prized for their meat, but Rani’s owner, Kazi Sufian, quickly realized that she couldn’t be sold for that purpose. Beyond being the smallest cow Kazi had ever encountered, it dawned on him that Rani might be the tiniest cow anyone had ever seen.
“The other Bhuttis on the farm are twice Rani’s size,” he explained.
Rani’s short stature was the result of genetic inbreeding, and as a consequence, she was unlikely to grow any larger.
Kazi waited until Rani was nearly two years old before staking her claim as the world’s shortest cow, seeing it as an opportunity to inform the world about this unique breed of cattle.
Rani became an instant internet sensation, drawing thousands of people to Charigram in the hopes of witnessing this special cow.
Sadly, the following month, on August 19, 2021, Rani passed away after suffering from stomach swelling. Local reports indicated that this was caused by overeating and gas accumulation in the stomach. She was rushed to receive treatment, but veterinarians were unable to save her.
As unique as she was beautiful, Rani will always be remembered as the shortest and perhaps the cutest cow ever.