Truffles, the guinea pig from Rosyth in Fife, in Scotland, takes a leap for a new world record for longest jump – by a guinea pig, anyway.
18.9in (48cm) may not seem like a lot, but for a tiny rodent, it's a truly giant step. You can just feel the anticipation as he prepares for the jump. He is calm and collected, a true professional, and he does it without complaining.
Truffles' owner, 14-year-old Chloe Macari, put the fluffy champion through hell to get him to rise to this level. The guinea pig was already awarded the title for longest rodent jump a while ago, for an 11.8in (30cm) jump, but since then he was contested by many other piggies.
“It’s been quite a battle, there have been over 25 different entries since Truffles set his 30cm record and one even jumped 45cm, so he had his work cut out for him. [...] But he got back in training and we eventually managed to get him jumping 48cm on video camera – it’s fantastic. Truffles is starting to age now though, he’s four years old, so he’s in retirement,” Chloe's mother Angela says, with pride.
At four years old, Truffles will be featured in the Guinness World Records 2013 edition, Metro UK writes.