The ‘smallest cow in the world’ could be a huge public health risk

The ‘smallest cow in the world’ could be a huge public health risk

The ‘smallest cow in the world’ could be a huge public health risk

Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

Rani may be the smallest cow in the world. Look at her, she’s adorable! It can also pose a risk to public health.

Bangladeshis flock to see the 26-inch-long Bhutanese cow, according to AFP report. Rani resides on the Shikor Agro farm on the outskirts of Dhaka, the country’s densely populated capital, and is claimed by her owners that she is 4 inches smaller than the cow currently recognized in Guiness World Records as the smallest in the world. The interest in Rani is understandable, but it comes at a dangerous time. COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh are higher than ever: cases rose to more than 11,000 for the first time on July 6.

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Hasan Howlader, manager of the Shikor Agro farm, told AFP that more than 15,000 people had come to see Rani in the previous three days. “People travel long distances despite the coronavirus lockdown,” he said. “Most want to take selfies with Rani.”

The ‘smallest cow in the world’ could be a huge public health risk

The ‘smallest cow in the world’ could be a huge public health risk

Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

The government of Bangladesh introduced a “hard lock” across the country in late June as COVID deaths reached new heights. During the first wave of coronavirus in 2020, recorded deaths peaked at 55. A second wave in April recorded a weekly average of 100 deaths. Cases and deaths declined in May, but skyrocketed in mid-June. On July 7, 200 deaths and 11,162 new cases were registered.

About 4.2 million of the 163 million citizens of the country are fully vaccinated, according to the World Health Organization. Like other Asian countries, Bangladesh ‘ The latest wave of COVID is believed to be largely caused by the more infectious Delta variant. Bangladesh shares a border with India, which in mid-May saw up to 403,000 new cases registered in one day. Wide-spread events such as political demonstrations and the Kumbh Mela have been blamed for India’s catastrophic second wave in May.

Rani’s owners have submitted an application for the Guinness Book of World Records, hoping to make her official as the smallest cow in the world. The small cow is the result of “genetic inbreeding” and is likely to remain at its current size, the region’s chief veterinarian said, according to AFP.

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