Tiny Dexter calf ready for the world

2012-04-05 00:00

A TINY bull calf, hardly taller than an average knee, was born on a smallholding west of Pretoria.

The little Dexter bull weighs 14,8 kg and stands only 46 cm high.

Dexter cattle are known for their petite stature among bovines. Each of the tiny calf’s parents are only about half the size of a normal cow or bull.

Daisy, the calf’s motheris only 96 mm high while the bull, Seuntjie, hardly stands over a metre.

Lood Pieters, owner of the Chelance-animal farm, also keeps miniature horses, German landrace sheep — which are larger than normal sheep — white peacocks and potbelly pigs.“He is tiny and perfect,” said Leon Pieters, son of Lood.

The world’s smallest cow is also a Dexter, called Swallow (84 cm), hailing from West Yorkshire in the north of England.

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