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Harbor the Coonhound Has the ‘Longest Ears on a Living Dog’

Published September 7, 2011 in Love For Earthlings |
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If you are someone who spends countless hours with your friends poring over the Guinness Book of World Records, you may remember the guy with the world’s longest fingernails or the world’s heaviest twins, sitting on their motorcycles. So weird.

Recapture that old magic with the “Guinness World Records 2012 Edition.” There’s plenty of weird and gnarly stuff to entertain you, and if you are an animal lover, you will get a special kick out of the great pet records too.

Harbor is an 8-year-old purebred black and tan coonhound from Colorado U.S.A. whom you will find in this latest edition of the Guinness book. What exactly did Harbor do to earn a place among Guinness’s world-record holders? Just look at the photo! At 31.11 centimetres and 34.29 centimetres, Harbor’s dog ears are the longest in the world!

According to Harbor’s owner, Jennifer Wert, Harbor’s ears bring him almost constant attention from strangers, and he is often asked to stop for photos. “Most days I forget how oddly long his ears are,” Wert says. “He’s a phenomenon in the world and he creates smiles wherever we go.”

Interestingly, Harbor’s ears are not designed for super hearing, but for super smelling. When Harbor walks about, his enormous ears flap around in a way that sweeps scents toward his nose for enhanced olfactory detection.

To see Harbor and other record-breaking animals, check out Guinness World Records 2012 eBook version on November 28.