Guinness World Records has just announced the release of its 2017 compendium of all things superlative. No doubt, the animal kingdom will be well represented, as evidenced by the company's preview nuggets, in the form of a very long cat and a very large dog.
First, the cat.
His name is Ludo, and he's the longest (living) domestic cat in the world, at least as far as the Guinness World Records people, who are no strangers to cat standouts, can tell. As a Maine Coon, he's already the biggest house cat breed, but extraordinary length sets him yet more apart, at 3 ft 10.59 in (118.33 centimeters) long.
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The UK cats lives in Wakefield, in South Yorkshire, and his owners say he's easygoing and just a regular cat ... once you get past his stretch factor: