10 of the world’s biggest animals

1. Radar, a Belgian draft horse, stands at 19.3 1/2 hands and is listed as the tallest living horse in the Guinness Book of World Records.

2. Freddy, a 200-pound Great Dane who stands 7 feet 6 inches on his hind legs, is the largest dog in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. But he’s a gentle giant; he loves to give cuddles and goes bonkers for chicken and peanut butter.

3. Goliath Beetle. It’s one of the largest insects on earth in terms of size and weight. They live in Africa’s tropical forests where they feed on fruit and tree sap and can grow to up to 3.5 ounces. Sweet dreams.

4. Omar the cat was the same size as his littermates when he was born, but the Maine Coon has surpassed them all now. He stretches 3 feet 11 inches, and his size has brought him some internet fame; he now has his own Instagram account.

5. Darius, a continental giant rabbit, which is fitting because he’s the longest bunny in the world at 4 feet 4 inches long. His mom, Alice, was the world record before him, and it appears now that his son, Jeff, will soon take the title.

6. The Southern elephant seal is the largest carnivore in the world. Lady seals average 880 to 2,000 lb and are between 8.5 to 9.8 feet long, and the bulls average 4,900 to 8,800 lb and are 15 to 19 feet long. The record-sized bull, shot in Possession Bay, South Georgia on February 28, 1913, measured 22.5 feet long and weighed a whopping 11,000 pounds.

7. While the Great White shark gets all the glory during Shark Week, the Whale Shark is bigger. A typical whale shark measures up to 32.5 feet in length, but the largest on record, caught off Pakistan in 1947, was 41.5 feet in length and weighed 28 tons – four times bigger than a male elephant! Despite his hefty size, he’s actually very gentle. He feeds mostly on plankton and has no interest in eating humans.

8. The Queen Alexandra’s birdwing takes the prize for largest butterfly. Ornitheoptera alexandrae has a wingspan of almost 1 foot across. The big butterfly only lives in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and are endangered.

9. The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is the king of rodents. It stands about 2 feet (60 cm) tall at its shoulders, making it the largest living rodent on Earth. It can be found on land or wallowing in the water, where it can swim with its slightly webbed feet. The enormous rodents are native to South America.

10. Giant clams are the largest bivalve mollusks, reaching up to 4 feet and weighing more than 500 pounds – about the same as a grizzly bear.

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