WATCH: The shortest bull in the world


At just 67.6 cm (26.6 in) high at the withers (shoulder-blades), this Miniature Zebu is the world’s shortest bull.

Heikens Ark Jupiter (or Humphrey) is a full 4 cm (1.5 in) shy of the previous holder, Chegs HHAR Golden Boy from California, USA, according to Guinness World Records.

Humphrey is owned by the Gardner family; Joe, Michelle and Arden of Lime Creek Farm in Kalona, Iowa.

They purchased the Minature Zebu in May 2017, he was so small that they assumed they were purchasing a calf; however, they reviewed his documentation and realised he was, in fact, two-years-old and, therefore, fully grown.

His stature also falls way short of his immediate family, with his father and mother having stood 90.1 cm (35.5 in) and 81.9 cm (32.25 in), respectively. Proving the hit-and-miss nature of cattle breeding, a sibling of Humphrey stands at a comparatively "lofty" 83.8 cm (33 in).

Future Plans

For some perspective, the world’s shortest cow would make even Humphrey look tall, according to Guinness World Records.

"We're hoping to start taking him to shows and breed expos, so that the Miniature Zebu breed can become more well-known in the USA."

"We’re also looking to do some children's books [about] Humphrey and his adventures." the family concluded.

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