We seem to be fascinated by the outrageous record breaking humans–fastest man alive, longest living person, strongest person in the world, etc. But when compared to animals, human records and achievements don’t seem as exciting. Seriously. You won’t believe the records that some animals have been able break and achieve! For example, tortoises are known to live exceptionally long lives. One in particular, Jonathan the giant Seychelles tortoise, is currently the world´s oldest living terrestrial animal – at the astonishing age of 183 (by comparison, the verified oldest person lived to be 122 years old.)! Then there’s animals like the peregrine falcon which have been known to reach speeds of up to 240 mph (how fast can a Ferrari go again?). But this is just the tip of the iceberg, read on to learn about some of the most incredible record breaking animals known to man.
Of course, these animal records should come as no surprise. After all, the animal kingdom is host to some incredible living creatures, each sporting their strengths and uniqueness. But even among the extraordinary world of wild animals, the animals that you are about see (and read about) are a step ahead of the game. These are 25 incredible record breaking animals you might not know about.
Highest jump by a dog
The world record for the highest jump cleared by a dog is 172.7 cm (68 in). This incredible feat was achieved by Cinderella May a Holly Grey, owned by Kate Long and Kathleen Conroy at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals.
Known to be the largest and heaviest living animals, blue whales are actually also the loudest creatures on Earth. Their low-frequency pulses are as loud as 188 decibels (which is louder than a jet engine) and can be detected more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) away.
Longest snake in captivity
The longest snake ever kept in captivity is Medusa, a reticulated python owned by Full Moon Productions Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. When measured on 12 October 2011, she was found to be 7.67 m (25 ft 2 in) long. She weighs 158.8 kg (350 lbs).
Largest living cat
The largest living cat is Hercules, an adult male liger (lion x tigress hybrid) currently housed at Myrtle Beach Safari, a wildlife reserve in South Carolina. He measures a staggering 3.33 m (131 in) long, stands 1.25 m (49 in) at the shoulder, and weighs 418.2 kg (922 lb).
In terms of proportional strength, the taurus scarab, a little oval-shaped dung beetle, is considered the world´s strongest animal. In a laboratory experiment, the beetle was recorded to pull 1,141 times its own body weight. That’s equivalent to a person lifting about 82 tons.