The ancient Egyptians kept a variety of pets as well as dogs and cats, including baboons, falcons, gazelles, lions, mongooses and hippopotamuses.
Sunshine the pied cockatiel was aged 32 years as of 27 Jan 2016. The recordbreaking bird lives with his owner Vickie Aranda in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He was first purchased in Colorado in 1983, but has been moving with Vickie around the country ever since. Sunshine is rather particular when it comes to his food: he will not eat vegetables, but loves cheese and spaghetti noodles.
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On 16 Sep 2013, Jumpy the dog skateboarded 100 m (328 ft) in 19.65 sec on the set of Officially Amazing in Los Angeles, California, USA.
A troupe of 4,616 pets went for a walk with their owners at the Feria de las Flores in Medellin, Colombia, on 7 Aug 2007.
Chi-Chi, a rare African sand dog, is a seven-time winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, USA. The wins came in 1978, 1982-84, 1986-87 and 1991. The family tradition continued with ChiChi’s grandson, Rascal, who took the title in 2002.
Highest jump by a miniature horse
On 15 Mar 2015, Castrawes Paleface Orion -owned by Robert Barnes – leapt 1.08 m (3 ft 6.5 in) in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.
Farthest jump by a guinea pig
On 6 Apr 2012, a guinea pig named Truffles cleared a gap of 48 cm (1 ft 6.8 in) in Rosyth, Fife, UK.
Tallest horse ever
Foaled in 1846, a shire gelding named Sampson (later renamed Mammoth), bred by Thomas Cleaver of Toddington Mills, Bedfordshire, UK, measured 21 hands 2.5 in (2.19 m; 7 ft 2.2 in) in 1850.
The tallest living horse is Big Jake, a nine-year-old Belgian gelding who measured 20 hands 2.75 in (2.10 m; 6 ft 10.75 in), without shoes, at Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, Wisconsin, USA, on 19 Jan 2010.
Mostyn Moorcock, a British Saanen who died in 1977, reached a shoulder height of 3 ft 8 in (1.11 m) and an overall length of 5 ft 6 in (1.67 m). His owner was Pat Robinson of the UK.
Manikyam, owned by Akshay N V, measured
61.1 cm (2 ft) from the hoof to the withers on 21 Jun 2014 in Kerala, India. The term “withers” refers to the ridge between the shoulder blades.
KneeHi measured 64.2 cm (2 ft 1.2 in) to the withers at Best Friends Farm in Gainesville, Florida, USA, on 26 Jul 2011. A registered miniature Mediterranean donkey, KneeHi is owned by James, Frankie and Ryan Lee.
Longest fur on a cat
A cat named Sophie Smith had fur 25.68 cm (10.11 in) long, as measured in Oceanside, California, USA, on 9 Nov 2013. She belongs to Jami Smith.
Longest fur on a rabbit
On 17 Aug 2014, the fur on Franchesca, an Angora rabbit, was verified at 36.5 cm (1 ft 2.37 in) long. Franchesca lives with her owner, Betty Chu, in Morgan Hill, California, USA.
Longest tongue on a dog (current)
Mochi, a female St Bernard owned by Carla and Craig Rickert, has a tongue that measured
18.5 cm (7.3 in) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, on 25 Aug 2016.
The longest tongue on a dog ever is 43 cm
(1 ft 5 in) and belonged to Brandy, a boxer who lived with her owner John Scheid in St Clair Shores, Michigan, USA, until Sep 2002.
Radar (b. 1 Feb 1985), owned by Christina Anthony, was 29 years 229 days old when he died in Acton, California, USA, on 18 Sep 2014.
A donkey named Suzy reached 54 years old in 2002. She was owned by Beth Augusta Menczer and lived in Glenwood, New Mexico, USA.
A wild rabbit named Flopsy was caught on 6 Aug 1964 and died 18 years 10 months 3 weeks later at the home of L B Walker of Longford in Tasmania, Australia.
< OLDEST BEARDED DRAGON EVER
Born on 1 Jun 1997, Sebastian the bearded dragon was aged 18 years 237 days as of 24 Jan 2016, when he passed away. His owner, Lee-Anne Burgess of Middlesex, UK, brought Sebastian home on Christmas Eve in 1997. The life expectancy for a bearded dragon in captivity is usually 7-14 years, although in the wild they are more likely to live for 5-8 years.
Cats are “obligate carnivores” – they must eat meat to survive
TOP FIVE PETS IN
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► TALLEST DOMESTIC CAT (LIVING)
Arcturus Aldebaran Powers is 48.4 cm (1 ft 7 in) tall to the shoulders, as verified in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, on 3 Nov 2016.
Remarkably, his owners, William and Lauren Powers, own another recordbreaking feline. Their silver Maine Coon named Cygnus has the longest tail on a domestic cat (living). It measured
44.6 cm (1 ft 5.5 in) in Ferndale, Michigan, USA, on 28 Aug 2016.
A LARGEST DOG YOGA CLASS
Link Asset Management Ltd (HKG) assembled 270 canine participants and their owners for a yoga class on 17 Jan 2016 in Stanley Plaza, Hong Kong, China. Part of the Paws by the Sea event, the proceeds of which went to the Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association, the class was overseen by “doga” (dog yoga) instructor Suzette Ackermann (HKG).
On 28 Sep 2014, at the same venue, Link Asset Management Ltd set a new record for the most dogs balancing a treat on their nose. A total of 109 animals proved their canine dexterity.
► tallest living dog
When measured on 13 Sep 2016, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, UK, Freddy the Great Dane was found to be 1.035 m (3 ft 4.75 in) tall. Freddy’s owner is Claire Stoneman (pictured). Ironically, when he was born, Freddy was the smallest puppy in the
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AFASTEST 10 M ON A WALKING GLOBE BY A DOG
A dog named Sailor covered a distance of 10 m (32 ft) on a walking globe in 33.22 sec on 5 Feb 2016. The event took place in the gymnasium at Hawthorn Middle School South in Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA.
On the same occasion, the well-balanced Sailor also performed the fastest backwards 10 m on a walking globe by a dog, in a time of 17.06 sec.