World's Largest Pets
Published in Entertainment at April 18th, 2017 at 8:27 AM
Pets soon become a member of the family just as much as any human in the house might be. It doesn't just stop at cats and dogs either, people become attached to any animal they can call their own. Sometimes people might not know what they're getting themselves into when they bring a pet home, it might suddenly bloom into a size they never expected. The video runs down the 10 largest pets ever recorded.
Sammy the Arican Spurred Tortoise
This is Sammy, the Arican spurred tortoise living in California. He weighs a massive 115lbs. The helmet on top is for scale but is also because his owner is Colin Kaepernick who plays quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Sammy fit into the palm of his hand when he first got him fifteen years ago. Since then, the tortoise has grown to 115 pounds, eating on fresh clover, apples, and leafy greens.
Zeus the Great Dane
Zeus is the 2nd Great Dane on the list and hails form Michigan, he stands as the tallest dog in the world and has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. There is a battle between Zeus and Gian George, as the two differ in how they are defined as being "big".
Goldie the Goldfish
16 year old Nick Richards caught this goldfish in 2010 and decided he was too special to release and fend for himself in the wild any more. He kept the fish and it flourished in size since being caught. The goldfish is 15 inches long and 5 inches wide and weighs of 2lbs. Nick obviously needs some lessons in creativity as he decided to name him Goldie.
Gary the Capybara
A Capybara isn't exactly what you would call a traditional pet, but a pet it become to his owners. Meet Gary, who lives in Texas. He is the worlds largest pet rodent. He's now a staple part of the family and enjoys swimming and watching TV on the couch. Such is the dedication to Gary, his owners actually built a pool for him to spend his days in. Gary also sleeps in his own bed and lives happily among the family's other animals, including a horse, rabbits, tortoises, dogs, and a cat.
Ulric the Norwegian Forest Cat
Ulric is a Norwegian Forest cat and is twice as big as he should be, weight a massive 30lbs, and was the fattest the PDSA had ever had on their live events. Ulric had hit 15lbs before his 2nd birthday and it all boils down to him eating whatever he likes. If it doesn't come in his bowl, he doesn't bother waiting for his next meal if not full, he just goes and finds something to eat.
Bandit the Raccoon
Another animal that tradition wouldn't say is a pet, is Bandit the raccoon and he has been labelled the worlds fattest raccoon by the Guinness book of records. Bandit actually has a thyroid problem which leads to massive weight gain even when eating normally. When a puppy, he was adopted by a nursing dog who believed him to be one of her puppies. At his heaviest he was 75lbs.
Giant George the Great Dane
Giant George is 43 inch tall, which is 1 inch shorter than Zeus who we've already seen, but he weighed more than his nemesis and therefore its believed he is the biggest dog in the world by some. George has had the pleasure of leading a sort of celebrity life style, appearing on Oprah as well as Regis and Kelly. He also has his own web site and youtube channel of all his daily doggy activities.
Ralph the Rabbit
Imagine how much stew you could make with Ralph here, the 55lb rabbit from the UK, who outweighed all to be named the heaviest rabbit in the world. His weekly food bill hits $75 and contains cabbage, broccoli, corn, cucumber, carrots, brown bread, apples and some crackers. Ralph is actually in a line of giant rabbits, his mum Amy held the record for biggest bunny before her death and his dad held it before her.
Zorba holds the record for overall heaviest dog at 343lbs, and when on his hind legs he would be over 8 feet tall and 37inches shoulder to shoulder. Sadly, this was in 1989 and if alive today he'd still hold his record by a long margin. The closet to his crown so far was Moose from New Jersey, who weight 291lbs
Stewie the American Coone
The longest domestic cat in the world is Stewie, an American Coone from Nevada, who measures 48.5 inches from nose to tail. He also has the longest cats tail in the world too. He was also a certified therapy cat, meaning he would visit local senior centres and his presence alone would be deemed therapy for the residents.