1World's Woolliest Sheep
Over 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia’s capital, making him unofficially the world’s wooliest. The animal, named Chris by his rescuers, was discovered on the northern outskirts of Canberra and was said to be struggling to walk under the weight of his coat.
Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of RSPCA ACT, estimated Chris had more than five years of wool on him and likely little contact with humans. As a carrier of the world’s heaviest fleece, he shattered the current record set by New Zealand sheep Big Ben, who was found to be supporting nearly 29 kilograms of wool in 2014.
Big Ben dethroned fellow Kiwi Shrek, who gained celebrity in his home country, meeting then Prime Minister Helen Clark and becoming the subject of several children’s books before his death in 2011.
2Widest Spread on a Longhorn
Joe Sedlacek of Greenleaf, Kansas has reason to be proud—his Texas Longhorn steer, Lazy J’s Bluegrass, has a horn spread measuring nearly 9’8″ across. Bluegrass took the Guinness World Record at a competition held by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association.
Sedlacek said the past 5 or 6 generations of Bluegrass’s lineage had very long horns. Although he missed his chance at the world’s record last year by only a half an inch, another year’s growth was enough to secure his title.
3 World's Tallest Bovine
A 6’4″ cow named Blosom is officially recognized as the tallest cow ever by Guinness World Records. Although she is no longer alive, the 2,000 lb cow was announced as the new record holder in 2014. Blosom died on a farm in northern Illinois on May 26 after holding that record for less than a year.
Guinness said that the 13-year-old female Holstein will “live on in the record books as the world’s tallest cow ever.” The average weight for a mature Holstein is 1,500 pounds and “top producing Holsteins” have been known to yield more than 72,000-lb of milk in a year, according to Holstein Association USA.
4Longest Ears on a Dog
Meet Harbor, an 8-year-old black and tan Coonhound from Boulder, Colorado, who is now in the Guinness World Records book for having the Longest Ears on a Living Dog. His left and right ears measure 12.25″ and 13.5″ respectively!
A fun fact about Harbor—his ear span is greater than the height of the world’s shortest man, Junrey Balawing, who measures just 23.5″.
5Longest Human Tunnel Traversed By A Skateboarding Dog
An English Bulldog named Otto set a new world record for the “longest human tunnel traveled through by a skateboarding dog.” Otto, we salute you!
The 3-year-old pooch valiantly skated through the legs of 30 humans, who all faced the same direction and stood with their feet apart to allow Otto to pass freely through without being led or touched.
He attempted the record in Peru in celebration of Guinness World Records Day 2015.
6World's Fastest Tortoise
One Durham, North Carolina tortoise, has left his competition in the dust by being crowned the fastest the world has ever seen.
Bertie, the speedy tortoise, runs at a speed of about 0.6 miles per hour. This means that he is twice as fast as the average tortoise, and can finish a 100m race in just six minutes.
Although he may not be competing with Usain Bolt anytime soon, Bertie lives contentedly in his “luxury enclosure with his girlfriend Shelly” where he enjoys his favorite snack—strawberries.
7Most Basektballs Slam-Dunked By a Parrot
Julie and Ed Cardoza are parrot trainers and owners of Zac, a 25-year-old parrot who holds a Guinness World Record for the most basketballs slam-dunked by a parrot in a minute.
The Cardozas, from San Jose, California, have been presenting a show of their trained birds for over 20 years at birthday parties, corporate events, libraries, and schools. Zac can bike, scooter, skateboard, roll over, raise a flag, and more.
Julie and Ed have raised the Harlequin Macaw since he was a baby and trained him daily for 22 years until his recent retirement. “Now,” says Julie, “he just shoots hoops for the fun of it!” He also holds the record for most soda cans opened by a parrot in 60 seconds.
8World's Longest Snake in Captivity
At 7.67 meters (25′ 2″) long, Medusa, a Reticulated Python owned by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, Missouri, is the longest snake ever kept in captivity.
The 8-year-old, 158.8 k (350 lb) reptile is primarily kept coiled up in a nook in a haunted house attraction (The Edge of Hell) with its cavernous turn-of-the-century brick warehouse. Medusa’s primary diet consists of a combination of rabbits, hogs, and deer served to her every two weeks.
The haunted house staff says she the sloppiest eater within the attraction, and has been known to accidentally bite into herself instead of her dinner. While a python’s behavior can be wild and unpredictable, Medusa is typically tolerable and respectable of others unless agitated, hungry or provoked.
9Dog With Largest Eyes
Bruschi is a 4-year-old black and white Boston Terrier, who lives with his owner, Victoria Reed, and her other Boston Terrier, Toby, in Texas. He holds the Guinness World Record for “dog with the largest eyes” which measure 28mm in diameter!
Reed applied to Guinness on a lark after friends, family, and even the dog’s vet commented on his bulging peepers. Guinness jumped at the chance to meet little Bruschi and happily crowned him with his title.
10World's Tiniest Cow
In 2014, this six-year-old cow, known as Manikyam, was confirmed as the world’s shortest by the Guinness World Records team. Standing at just 61.5cm tall, Manikyam smashed the previous record of 69.07cm.
The bovine lives in Atholi in the south Indian state of Kerala with her owner; a farmer and environmentalist called NV Balakrishnan, who got her as a newborn calf. Despite feeding her just like all the other cows on his farm, Manikyam never grew higher than two feet tall. She is smaller than a Labrador!