Record hold­ers

From the largest to the small­est, the fastest to the slow­est to the down­right bizarre, the world is crawl­ing with record-set­ting wildlife! Here, the an­i­mals ed­i­tor from Guin­ness World Records re­veals his favourites…

World of Animals - - What’s Inside... - Words Adam Mill­ward

Meet the mar­vels set­ting na­ture’s records

Guin­ness World Records isn’t just about ex­tra­or­di­nary hu­mans. Since our first edi­tion in 1955, an­i­mals have al­ways been among our most pop­u­lar record hold­ers. In fact, in a way, Guin­ness World Records owes its ex­is­tence to a bird? The book came about af­ter Sir Hugh Beaver – then man­ager of the Guin­ness Brew­ing Com­pany – got into a de­bate with friends over which is Europe’s fastest game bird.

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to ver­ify ev­ery­thing from tall dogs, skate­board­ing cats, dinky don­keys, leap­ing lla­mas and even bas­ket­ball-play­ing bun­nies. But our records go far be­yond ex­treme pets and farm an­i­mals.

In our lat­est book, Guin­ness World Records: Wild Things (op­po­site), we turn the spotlight on the ‘su­per-beasts’ of the nat­u­ral world. It was fas­ci­nat­ing to delve into our ar­chives of wild won­ders. This fea­ture cel­e­brates a hand­ful of the stars from the book, in­clud­ing a few fa­mil­iar faces from the con­ser­va­tion world…

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