New Guinea Pig in Guinness World Records

Truffles Long JumpImage courtesy of the Daily Record

Truffles broke the record with a 30cm leap.

In Scotland, there’s a world champion and he’s much smaller than you might expect. Truffles the guinea pig, a boar owned by thirteen year old Chloe Macari, broke previous records with a 30cm (12in) leap and landing himself in the Guinness World Records as the “World’s Longest Jump by a Guinea Pig.”

Previous long jump record holder, Diesel, cleared a gap of 20.5 cm (8.07 in) in London, UK on July 27, 2009. Chloe was inspired to break the record after reading about this feat in the 2011 edition of Guinness World Records in her school library. She tempted both Truffles and her sister’s guinea pig, Nibbles, to leap across shoe boxes with a piece of cucumber as a reward. Chloe’s mother, Angela, said, “She kept moving the shoeboxes and got him to jump further and further.” Truffles record jump was filmed in Rosyth, Fife, UK on February 21 and verified by officials as breaking the previous record by more than 9cm on March 15.

Diesel Long JumpImage courtesy of the BBC

Diesel was the previous record holder with a 20.5 cm long jump from 2009.

Other notable cavies verified by Guinness World Records are the “World’s Fastest Guinea Pig,” Flash, who beat nine other guinea pigs and clocked 10m (32.81ft) in 8.81 seconds on July 27, 2009 in London, UK. The “Highest Jump by a Guinea Pig” was at height of 20 cm (7.8 in) made by Puckel Martin on March 16, 2003 in Vargön, Sweden.

You have a chance to see the latest internationally known guinea pig in person. Truffles was invited to take part in publicity for the launch of the 2013 edition of Guinness World Records later this year.

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Angela, Editor-in-Chief, GPT

Angela founded Guinea Pig Today and guest writes for CavyMadness. She volunteers with Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue and supports the ROUS Foundation. Her guinea pig, Papua, is the star of WHEK-TV/DT.

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2 Responses to “New Guinea Pig in Guinness World Records”
  1. nihil says:

    I have a pig I think I could give Truffles a run for his money! Though, I don’t want to 1. crush a little girl’s dream or 2. encourage something that could end up injuring guinea pigs. That being said my little Sprout man has a really good vertical jump!

  2. nadir says:

    I have an guinean pig its called cookie i tried it wit him and my guinea pig jump 60 cm now ! 🙂

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