Mochi “Mo” Rickert, an eight-year-old St. Bernard from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is setting tongues wagging as the new Guinness World Records title holder for having the Longest tongue on a dog.
With a tongue measuring a jaw-dropping 18.58 cm (7.31 in) in length, Mochi is constantly stopped on the street by strangers in awe.
In honor of the launch of the first ever Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals, which highlights incredible feats from the animal kingdom, Guinness World Records today reveals a furry addition to its record breaking family.
Mochi found her forever home when she was two years old, through Big Dogs Huge Paws breed rescue organization. It was “love at first sight,” says owner Carla Rickert who drove 11 hours with her daughter to meet Mo before adopting her.
When meal time comes around, Mo’s long tongue proves to be very effective. It enables her to eat quickly and sometimes causes her to fling food up to two or four feet across a room! For the Rickert family, this means keeping her 12” wide food and drink bowls in tall feeder with a drip pan in an easy-to-clean room to avoid a daily mess.
Treats also have to be given to Mochi in a particular manner as she cannot grab onto them the same way other dogs do. Additional obstacles she faces as a result of her long tongue include breathing challenges, extra slobber when she’s nervous, dirt, dust and leaves sticking to her tongue and needing help to pick things up off the floor.
Carla describes Mochi as a “resilient, happy-go-lucky dog, with a big personality.” She also enjoys dressing up in costumes, having her picture taken, spending time with her family, or snacking on sweet potatoes.
On Mochi’s achievement, Carla said: “It still does not seem real! Mochi is so humble, she never brags or boasts but I know that she is as proud of her new record as we are. It feels truly amazing to be a part of the Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals book! We are so grateful for the opportunity to make other’s smile.”
On announcing the new record title, Craig Glenday, Editor of Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals said: “We are very excited to welcome Mochi and her record-breaking tongue to the Guinness World Records family as part of our new publication, Amazing Animals. Amazing Animals is not your typical animals’ reference book. Instead, it takes a sideways look at our favorite pets and wild animals, and is a chance for us to celebrate the barking mad side of animal record-breaking. So alongside the classic fastest, largest and tallest record-holders, you’ll find the most talented, most followed and most pampered creatures on Earth. It’s a hoot!”
A must-read for animal lovers, Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals explores crazy animal stories and fascinating facts from the wild and is available in stores and online now.
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