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'World's largest cow' gives birth to tiny calf

Miumiu weighs around the same as a labrador. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

A half-tonne gaur – the world’s largest species of cow – has given birth to a tiny calf at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

The baby cow has been named Miumiu by zookeepers. She was born to her mother Mia in the early hours of 11 October.

Miumiu hasn't had her first health check yet, but zookeepers think she is standing at just over 60cm tall and weighs around 35kg – about the same as a Labrador.

Gaur are the world’s largest species of cow. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Miumiu's birth is part of the European endangered species breeding programme.

She brings the gaur herd number at Whipsnade Zoo up to five.

Gaur - also known as seladang or Indian bison - are officially classified as a vulnerable species.

The population is in decline from threats including hunting and habitat destruction.

Gaur are officially classified as a vulnerable species. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Zookeepers say Miumiu is making good progress - and she's even taken her first few wobbly steps.

“The new gaur calf is doing really well and making steady progress - which we’re so pleased to see.

“Miumiu was quick to take her first few steps and despite being a bit wobbly initially she is getting more confident on her feet by the day, with the odd helpful nudge from mum.

“We are very excited to watch her grow as large as her mum and the rest of the gaur herd at the Zoo.”

– Donovan Glyn, Zookeeper, Whipsnade Zoo
Miumiu has taken her first few wobbly steps. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo