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Amazing Animals Make the World Records Book

作者:Jill Robbins 发布日期:9-21-2015

Fastest Tortoise, Biggest Cowboy Boots Newest World Record-holders
Fastest Tortoise, Biggest Cowboy Boots Newest World Record-holders

The Guinness Book of World Records has sold 132 million copies across more than 100 countries since it first appeared in 1955.

The book is now known as Guinness World Records. It tells us who is the best, fastest, biggest, most or smallest in the world.

You can read about superhuman efforts and the extremes of the natural world in Guinness World Records. You might think they are unbelievable but the publishers confirmed all of them.

Recently, the Guinness World Records announced the new record holders for 2016.

Fastest Tortoise
Fastest Tortoise

Bertie is a tortoise. Bertie broke a record set in 1977 for the world's fastest tortoise. His top speed was 0.28 meters a second.

Marco Calzini is Bertie's owner. He says that it is uncommon for such an animal to be fast.

'A lot of people noticed that he was very fast and the staff as well noticed he was very quick so we looked at this and we thought yeah, he is for a tortoise. It's very unusual for a tortoise to be so active.'

Purin that is Beagle catching ball
Purin that is Beagle catching ball

Another record-setting animal is a beagle named Purin, from Chiba, Japan. Many dogs can catch a ball, but not like Purin. She became a world record holder. She caught 14 balls in one minute with her paws.

Steer
Steer

Guinness World Records also is recognizing Lazy J's Bluegrass, a steer from the American state of Kansas. He has the longest horns in the world. They are nearly three meters long, from end to end.

Finally, the American state of Texas is known for having many big things. You can find some really big cowboy boots in San Antonio, Texas.

Large Cowboy Boots in Texas
Large Cowboy Boots in Texas

Bob Wade is an artist who creates sculptures. He says that people are surprised that his cowboy boots are so huge. You only realize how big they are when you walk up to them.

'People are pretty amazed because they don't realize until they park and walk right up to them how big they are. You go down the highway, you can see them from a distance but unless you come to the mall and park and come over there you have no idea how big they are.'

Guinness World Records celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

I'm Jill Robbins.

VOA's Faiza Elmasry reported this story. Haruka Takeuchi adapted her report for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

Words in This Story

superhuman -adj. greater than normal human power, size, or ability

achievement- n. a result of hard work

tortoise. a kind of turtle that lives on land

beagle - n. a type of small dog used for hunting that has smooth black, brown, and white fur

paw - n. the foot of an animal that has claws

steer - n. a male cow that has had its sex organs removed and is raised for meat

sculpture - n. a piece of art that is made by cutting or shaping metal, clay or stone.

Now it's your turn. Have you ever seen an amazing animal? Write to us about it in the comments section.

《吉尼斯世界纪录大全》自从1955年推出第一版以来,成为国际知名出版物,在100多个国家销售了1亿3千2百万册。这份记录包括了世界上最好、最快、最大、最小等各种令人难以置信然而却经过核实的超人成就和自然奇观。最近,《吉尼斯世界纪录大全》宣布了2016年的世界纪录榜。

他名叫"伯蒂",是只乌龟。 "伯蒂"1977年打破了一项纪录,以每秒0.28米的速度,成为世界最快乌龟。

主人马科·加尔兹尼说:"很多人注意到,他跑得很快,行动敏捷。我们看了看,心想,是啊,对乌龟来说,他还真快。一只乌龟这么活跃,非常罕见。"

会接球的狗有的是,可谁也赶不上"普林"。这只来自日本千叶的比格犬一分钟内用她的爪子接住了14个球,荣获世界纪录。

这只名叫"懒汉J的兰草"的阉公牛来自堪萨斯州,牛角从一侧尖端到另一侧尖端近三米长,是世界最长的角。

说到大,看看德克萨斯州圣安东尼奥的这双牛仔靴。

雕塑家鲍勃·韦德说:"人们真的感到奇妙,因为他们直到停车走到跟前才会发现靴子有多么的大。你在公路上开车,远远就能看到它们,但除非你来到购物中心,停下车,走到跟前,你感觉不出它们究竟有多大。"

今年是《吉尼斯世界纪录大全》的六十大寿。

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