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Rare mini cow born at animal charity hit by flooding

An animal charity hit by two deaths in the recent floods has welcomed a new arrival - a calf which will grow to only 4 foot tall.

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When he was born at Artisan Rare Breeds in Dartford, Kent, this week, the Asian miniature zebu - regarded as the world's smallest cow species - weighed just 6lb.

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Charity director Wayne May said fewer than 3,000 of them are left in the world, 60 of which are registered in the UK.

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The birth is welcome news after the charity lost a pregnant cow and its unborn calf after becoming stuck in floodwater for 48 hours recently.

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The pure-breed miniature zebu, born to parents Mungo and Crystal, has been named Dave after charity supporter Dave Haynes.

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The only thing I could compare the birth of Dave to would be the birth of my baby son.

I've been waiting for the birth of a Asian miniature zebu for five years as I had to wait for his dad to grow up.

He's really important to us.

– Wayne May, Charity Director
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Charity director Wayne May set up the rare breed conservation and animal rescue charity for endangered exotic wildlife and abandoned pets and farm animals.

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The miniature zebu is known to be one of the oldest breeds of cattle, possibly dating back up to 6,000BC.