These animals are truly one of a kind.
One parrot can not only open a can with his beak, he can open dozens in just seconds. He's so skilled, in fact, that he holds the… world record for most number of soda cans opened by a parrot within a minute. But that's not his only skill—he's also a talented basketball player, skateboarder, gymnast, and he knows 100 different words. Everyone knows that parrots are smart, but this bird is more skilled than most humans!
Many people are fascinated by record-breaking humans, but animals around the world have broken some pretty incredible records too. It's not just intelligent parrots that are known around the world for their unique skills; animals ranging from teeny tiny donkeys to enormous dogs and everything in between have set world records for a variety of reasons, and they're almost too unbelievable to be real.
Some of them are famous for their size or appearance, others are known for their longevity, and some of these animals have incredible talents that put humans to shame. As different as they are from one another, they all have one thing in common: They truly are one of a kind.
His record: World's Oldest Cat
His age: 30 years old
Scooter's story: Scooter was a Siamese cat born on March 26, 1986. He lived with his owner, Gail Floyd, who cared for the him from the day he was born until the day he sadly died shortly after his 30th birthday.
Although Scooter was a cat, he sometimes acted like more dog-like. Floyd told Guinness World Records that a few of his favorite things were going for car rides (he traveled to 45 of the 50 states!), being blow-dried after a bath, and greeting Floyd at the door when she came home from work.
Her record: World's Oldest Dog
Her age: 30 years old
Maggie's story: Coincidentally, the world's oldest dog passed away not only around the same time as the world's oldest cat, but at the same age too. Maggie, an Australian kelpie, passed away in early 2016 at 30 years old.
Her owner, farmer Brian McLaren, told the "Weekly Times" that despite her age, Maggie still had plenty of pep in her step up until a couple of days before she died. She loved following him around the farm, barking at the cats, and taking long naps in her favorite bed.
His record: World's Tallest Dog
His height: 3'8" on all fours; 7'4" on his hind legs
Zeus' story: Zeus just barely beat out the previous record holder for being the world's tallest dog: a Great Dane named Giant George who was just one inch shorter.
Zeus was a Great Dane who passed away in 2014 at just 5 years old, and his owners told the "Kalamazoo Gazette" that despite his size, he thought he was a lap dog. He ate 12 cups of food a day, weighed over 150 pounds, and he was also a therapy dog, traveling around to schools and hospitals to comfort children.
Her record: World's Shortest Dog
Her height: 3.8 inches
Milly's story: Milly is a chihuahua who lives in Puerto Rico with her owner, Vanesa Semler, and she's the smallest dog in the world, at least in terms of height. The smallest dog in the world in terms of length is a [chihuahua named Brandy](http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/smallest-dog-living-(length)) who measures just 6 inches long from her nose to the tip of her tail.
Milly weighed less than one ounce when she was born, and she was so small she had to be hand-fed from an eyedropper. The previous record-holder for the world's shortest dog was a chihuahua named Boo Boo, who was 4 inches tall.
Her record: Longest Fur on a Rabbit
Her fur length: 14.37 inches
Franchesca's story: Franchesca is an angora rabbit, a breed known for its fluffiness, and she's owned by Dr. Betty Chu. The rabbit's fur is over a foot long, which means it requires constant maintenance to prevent tangles and keep it clean.
Chu told "Daily Mail" that it's hard work keeping Franchesca groomed, because she normally has to blow dry the bunny's fur and brush it out every day, which can take hours. She also added that not every rabbit, even angoras, can grow long fur like Franchesca, because fur length mostly comes down to genetics.
His record: World's Longest Tongue
His tongue length: 4.5 inches
Puggy's story: Puggy's owners found him roaming the streets as a stray, and one of the first things they noticed about him was his unusual tongue. They explained on the [pup's Facebook page](https://www.facebook.com/puggykisses/timeline) that although his tongue was different, it never bothered him or affected his lifestyle in any way, and he was always a happy-go-lucky dog.
Although Puggy passed away in 2015 at the age of 15, his owners wrote that he will always be remembered not just for his larger-than-normal tongue, but also for his larger-than-life personality.
His record: World's Tallest Horse
His height: 20 hands 2.75 inches (6 feet 10.75 inches at the withers)
Big Jake's story: Big Jake is a 14-year-old Belgian gelding horse who lives on a farm in Poynette, Wisconsin. He stands nearly 7 feet tall at the withers (which is the highest point of a horse's back, near the base of the neck), and he amazes everyone he meets with his massive size.
His owner told Guinness World Records that Big Jake eats 1.5 bales of hay and 32 quarts of oats each day, and he is known for being very playful and a big goofball.
His record: Most Canned Drinks Opened by a Parrot in a Minute
His number: 35 cans
Zac's story: Zac the parrot not only broke the world record for most canned drinks opened by a parrot in a minute, he also broke the world record for most slam dunks by a parrot in a minute!
The 25-year-old parrot lives with his owners in San Jose, California, and he knows several other tricks too—including how to ride a skateboard and a bike, how to do a somersault, and how to raise a flag. Zac also knows over 100 words, and his owner told Guinness World Records that one of his favorite things is going for car rides.
His record: World's Smallest Donkey
His height: 25.29"
KneeHi's story: KneeHi may only be knee-high in height, but he's got the personality of a donkey twice his size. He's a miniature Mediterranean donkey, but even by miniature standards he's still especially small: Normal-sized minis grow to be about 35 inches tall.
KneeHi lives on a farm in Gainesville, Florida, where he enjoys spending time with all of his animal friends. His owners told Guinness World Records that when KneeHi was born he was only about 16 inches tall, and he's grown up to be a very loving and sweet donkey.
Her record: Most Balls Caught By a Dog With the Paws in a Minute
Her number: 14 balls
Purin's story: Purin is a 9-year-old beagle who lives in Sakura, Japan, and she should probably try out for a professional soccer team. This pup may not have hands, but she's an incredible goalie who can successfully catch mini soccer balls between her paws when her owner tosses them toward her.
Her owner told Guinness World Records that he first discovered years ago that Purin had a talent for catching things with her paws, so he began practicing with her. It didn't take long before she became a pro at it!