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World's Smallest Cow is a mere 33 inches tall

World's Smallest Cow: Swallow, a tiny cow bred in Britain with a taste for contemporary music has been named smallest by Guinness World Records.

This is an undated Guinness World Records photo made available on Sept. 16, of Swallow (r.) an 11-year-old cow from Yorkshire posing next to Freddie the bull. The minuscule cow has been named the world's smallest by the Guinness World Records book.

Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records/AP

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A minuscule cow with a taste for contemporary music has been named the world's smallest by the Guinness World Records book.

Guinness says the sheep-sized bovine from the West Yorkshire region of northern England measures roughly 33 inches (84 centimeters) from hind to foot.

The 11-year-old cow is named Swallow and her owner, Caroline Ryder, said she would spend Thursday either grazing with her herd or listening to BBC radio in her cowshed.

Swallow is a Dexter cow, an Irish breed known for its diminutive stature, but is small even by Dexter standards.

She already has nine regular-sized calves and is pregnant with her 10th. Guinness said her youngest calf has already grown larger than she is.

Guinness World Records 2011 was published Thursday in the U.K.


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