Shocking pet news, Tiny cow enters the record books

From the BBC:

Swallow, a Dexter cow from Cheshire, stands 33.5in (0.8m) tall from hind to foot – shorter than most sheep. (Click the Guinness link below to see a picture.)

The 11-year-old, who is currently pregnant, has produced nine calves and is described by owner Caroline Ryder as the “nanny of the herd”.

Swallow secured a slot with the tallest dog, longest snake and oldest gorilla in the 2011 Guinness World Records.

The tiny cow was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1999 and bought by the Ryder family at a rare breed auction in 2006.

Brought up in Rishworth, West Yorkshire, her small size means she is used for breeding, explained Mrs Ryder, who recently moved to Crossley Hall Farm, near Congleton.

Caroline Ryder  said, “She was quite small when she was born and she has grown proportionately,” she told the BBC.  “She is really sweet – an asset to the herd. For a small cow with short legs she can’t half move fast.”

The family approached Guinness after noticing a posting on a Dexter cattle forum from someone looking for the smallest cow.

After putting her name forward last year, Guinness confirmed the record a few months ago.

Mrs Ryder’s husband, Martyn, said: “I think she is just a genetic anomaly.”

Swallow now lives on her new farm near Congleton, Cheshire

Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief, said the tiny cow was one of his personal favourites among the 3,000 new records.

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