Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Longest Inflexible Object Swallowed and Passed Unassisted by a Housecat: 'Little Man' sets world record (VIDEO)
MADISON, AL, USA -- Little Man, a ten-year-old male domestic housecat, (owner Jonny Payne) accidentally bit off and swallowed a 1-7/8 inches (4.76 cm) sliver of a wooden tongue depressor during a September 2012 hospital stay for unrelated reasons; surprisingly, Little Man passed the sliver without difficulty twenty days later and suffered no ill effects, setting a new world record for the Longest Inflexible Object Swallowed and Passed Unassisted by a Housecat, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Little Man, crossing his paws in a characteristic pose, tolerates having his photo made with the book his owner, Madison, Ala., engineer Jonathon Scott Payne, has written about their lives together. Photo: Courtesy/Jonathon Scott Payne (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the loudest purr by a domestic cat is 67.8 db(A) and was achieved by Merlin, owned by Tracy Westwood (UK), at her home in Torquay, Devon, UK, on 2 April 2015.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest living cat; it is Hercules, an adult male liger (lion x tigress hybrid) currently housed at Myrtle Beach Safari, a wildlife reserve in South Carolina, USA. In total length, he measures 3.33 m (131 in), stands 1.25 m (49 in) at the shoulder, and weighs 418.2 kg (922 lb).
Surgical removal, the usual remedy, was deemed inadvisable for other medical concerns. With the potential to cause serious damage or even death, it was nevertheless left alone as the veterinarian in charge of his care was forced to "hope for the best."
Surprisingly, Little Man passed the sliver without difficulty twenty days later and suffered no ill effects, setting a new world record for the Longest Inflexible Object Swallowed and Passed Unassisted by a Housecat.
Little Man's owner, Jonny Payne, said, "I was scared to death the whole time. Surgery to remove it probably would have killed him. There was no telling how much damage that sliver, which was very sharp on one end, could have done to him. But it went all the way through him, no problem. That's just one reason why we call him, 'Mighty Little Man.'"
Photo: Little Man wears a Harley-Davidson charm, a gift from Caroline Payne who manages Rocket Harley-Davidson. (enlarge photo)
Payne, an engineer who lives in Madison, Ala., is also a former test pilot for the U.S. Air Force. In "Mighty Little Man," he chronicles the joyful obsessions that have marked his life: Cats, flying, muscle cars, GI Joe action figures, Harley Davidsons, space travel.
Payne currently works as an engineer for the U.S. Army at Redstone Arsenal. His wife Caroline manages Rocket Harley-Davidson. Their children are Jonathon II, Brandon, Lauren and Matthew.
Our pets are dying from illegal pet food ingredients! We need "Little Man's Law!"
For more information, visit mightylittleman.com or Facebook/Mighty Little Man.
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