New record: Truffles makes a daring leap Video: YouTube/ The Courier
A Scots guinea pig has joined the ranks of many animal stars from across the world to break a record in the Guiness Book of World Records 2013.
Truffles, from Rosyth, Fife, jumped 30cm (12in) smashing the previous record held by London rodent Diesel who cleared a gap of 20.5cm (8.07in) in 2009. He has had his feat confirmed by the record breaking institution and will take part in a publicity for the launch of the latest edition of the book.
Thirteen year old Chloe Macari trained her pet to leap the distance after being inspired by Disney film, G-Force, in which a group of guinea pigs become special agents of the FBI.
“I had two shoe boxes and these cushions between them for safety,” the youngster explained. “We kept moving the shoe boxes further and further apart. We started at around 15cm and he was quite good. He got to 20cm and then 25cm very quickly, within a few weeks.”
The giant leap was filmed to ensure the record could be approved.