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300tube Epic Wildlife   11 July, 2016

15 Biggest Pets in the World

From the world's largest rodent, to Zorba, the 8 foot massive English Mastiff. These are the 15 BIGGEST Pets in the world.

Esther the Wonder Pig -- A couple from Canada adopted a so-called micro pig that was expected to grow to around 70 pounds.  But this little piggy just kept growing until reaching a massive 670 pounds, making the two-year old pig nearly 10 times her expected size … and heavier than an adult female polar bear!  Just take a look at the pictures from the, and you can see Esther takes up a lot of space.  Chowing down over $1900 worth of vegan food per year, Esther literally ate her owners out of house and home … she got so big, the couple had to move to a farm to accommodate Esther and their other pets.  That big size has brought the big pig some fame, too.  She has a Facebook page with more than 230,000 friends.  And on top of all that, Esther is toilet trained.  But even at an impressive 670 pounds, Esther still isn’t the biggest pig on record.  That title is still held by Big Bill, from Jackson Tennessee.  Bill tipped the scales at 2552 pounds back in 1933.  

Giant George -- 43 inches tall, this Great Dane  really was a giant.  This canine from Tucson Arizona also held the Guinness record for World’s Tallest Dog and the Tallest Dog Ever.  George had quite a fan base and kept  in touch with followers via his website, Twitter  and a YouTube channel. He even had his own book, “Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog”.  Sad to say, Giant George passed away in 2013.

Stewie -- There seems to be a title for everything isn’t there?  Well, Stewie from Reno, Nevada was certified as the world’s longest cat, and for possessing the world’s longest cat tail.  Measuring 48.5 inches from nose to tail, Stewie seemed to have the cat in the bag … as far as earning that title, anyway!  After battling cancer, Stewie passed away in 2013.

Zeus -- A name fit for a king belonged to this king-sized canine.    The Great Dane from Michigan was officially recognized by Guinness as the World’s Tallest Dog in 2013.   Remember Giant George?  Well, Zeus is the guy who usurped the title.  Zeus’ 44 inch height as measured from foot to shoulder, beat out George by an inch, and gave Zeus the distinction of being the tallest dog ever.  And when he stood on his hind legs, Zeus reached a height of 7 feet 4 inches, good enough to play in the NBA.  Sorry to say Zeus passed away at the age of 5, in 2014.

Sammy the Tortoise -- Sammy has a few claims to fame here.  At 115-pounds the African spurred tortoise is certainly one of the world’s biggest pet tortoises. Sammy’s owner is his other claim to fame:  he’s Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.  Wonder if the football player uses Sammy to run drills (FYI, ‘football player’ refers to American football, so you know).  Kaepernick got Sammy when he was small enough to fit in the palm of his hand, and the animal grew enormously, feasting on apples, clover and leafy greens.  No doubt Sammy is a 49ers fan.  

Gary the Rat -- Okay, make that Gary the Rodent if we’re to be politically correct.  Actually, Gary is a capybara (cappy-barra), native to South America but adopted by a couple in Texas.  At 120  pounds and 2 feet high, Gary is the world’s biggest pet rodent.  One would hope so.  His owners say Gary enjoys swimming in the pool, and lives peaceably with a veritable menagerie including rabbits, dogs, and a horse.

Bandit -- Guinness named this 75-pound raccoon the World’s Fattest Raccoon.  The massive weight gain was due to the animal’s thyroid problems.  He was initially adopted by a dog and raised as one of her puppies, before being taken in by a woman in Pennsylvania.  Bandit passed away in 2004.

Zorba -- This English Mastiff from London tipped the scales at 343-pounds.  And check out these dimensions:  8 feet 3 inches from nose to tip of tail, and 37 inches at the shoulder. Impressive, but that weight is what earned him the title of Heaviest Dog in the World as judged by the American Kennel Club standard.  Since then, a St Bernard named Benedictine was said to exceed Zorba’s weight at some 367 pounds!  However, that wasn’t independently verified.  

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