Tiny celebrity cow dead in ‘gas death’ tragedy finally crowned world’s smallest

A tiny cow who was flocked by travelling fans before dying last month has been recognised as the smallest ever.

Little Rani became an internet sensation and a real life tourist attraction thanks to her 20 inch tall frame, which made her the size of a dog.

Several weeks after Rani's owner, Kazi Mohammad Abu Sufian submitted her measurements, Guinness World Records has confirmed they were smaller than the previous most miniature cow.

Kazi found himself having to employ three security guards to protect Rani from a constant frenzy of visitors at his farm near Dhaka in Bangladesh.

That was until she died from an internal build-up of gas on August 19 aged two-years-old, Mail Online reports.

Kazi says he received an email on Monday from Guinness World Records saying that Rani's size had been accepted and recognised as the smallest cow to have lived.

The previous record holder was Manikyam, a 24 inch Indian cow.

Kazi told AFP news agency: "'We sent several video of Rani in line with Guinness World Records prescriptions. We have also sent the post-mortem report to the Guinness authorities to see that there was nothing unusual about her death.

"We have a mixed feelings after Rani got the recognition. We are happy that she got her due honours. But we are at the same very sad because she is no more with us.

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"Her carer burst out crying as soon as we told him the news."

The farm in Charigram, 19 miles southwest of Dhaka reportedly received around 15,000 visitors within three days over the summer as news of Rani spread.

Rani was a Bhutti, or Bhutanese, cow but suffered from dwarfism which a top vet said was the result of 'genetic inbreeding'.

Kazi previously told The Washington Post : "She runs as fast as the rabbits we have on the farm," he said, adding that she entertains the farmers and visitors with her big personality.

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"She acts like a queen, and always loves to remain clean."

Farm manager, M.A. Hasan Howlader said at the time: "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."

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Sajedul Islam, the government's chief vet for the region, said: "I told them they should not allow so many people to crowd the farm.

"They may carry diseases here that threaten Rani's health."

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