Various boasts have been made over the years regarding the world's biggest horse. Which horse holds the record depends on whether you are measuring height or weight. One horse reported in the late 1800s supposedly wins on both counts. Such reports cannot be verified, unless they have been accepted by Guinness.
A colossal shire horse in Australia has been proclaimed the biggest horse in the world by its owner, beating the current Guinness World Record by several inches.
The giant five-year-old, from Pakenham, S.E Australia, measures a staggering 20.1 hands, or 2.057m tall. He weighs over 1.3 tonnes (1300kg) - about the same as a small car - and is still growing.
His owner, horse trainer Jane Greenman, 47, says the only time the lumbering beast runs is when there is food on offer.
"It sounds like a mountain moving when he gallops across the paddock to come and get his breakfast," she says. "He eats an incredible amount. I would hate to run a team of eight horses his size - it would send you broke."
Mounting the horse is no easy task, either. "We have to use a ladder to get on top of him, or swing off a tree," says Jane.
The massive horse, whose full name is Luscombe Nordram, was born in Australia to a mare and sire imported from England. Noddy's grandfather, Ladbrooke Edward (UK) was the world's tallest horse during the 1980's.
But Jane had no idea that the foal she hand-reared from the age of six months would grow this big. Noddy immediately began to rocket and soon overtook both his parents in size.
"Every year I measure him on his birthday and we discovered that he was getting really huge."
Although she says that she is not interested in the Guiness Book of Records, nevertheless Jane has carried out her own research and is sure that Noddy comes top.
"The nearest is a horse in Texas, at 20 hands," says Jane.
"Noddy is already an inch taller than that. The scary thing is he still hasn't finished - shire horses aren't fully grown until they're about six or seven".
Jane has hinted that Noddy could be sold overseas, possibly even fetching a record price to match his height.
She is reluctant to sell, but to fund the immense cost of keeping him she needs to put him to work. Despite Noddy being trained to harness heavy loads, this is not easy for a horse his size.
"He needs a job. It's very hard to find jobs for such a big horse in Australia. I wish he could stay here but I've tried everywhere," she says regretfully.
"I just want people to enjoy this beautiful animal as much as I do."
Noddy joins a mighty elite of record-holding pets around the world
The biggest rabbit in the world is thought to be Amy, owned by Annette Edwards from Worcester.
The bunny fought off competition from Holland and Germany and weighs in at three-and-a-half stone.
The biggest household cat is thought to be a tabby called Himmy, in Queensland, Australia, who tips the scales at just under 47lbs and 38 inches long.
Strongly tipped for the title as Britain's biggest bull is Crease, the family pet of farmer Richard Green.
Crease weighs 3,220lbs - more than a Mini Cooper - and still has plenty of growing ahead of him.
The world's biggest goldfish measured 47.4cm (18.7 in) from snout to tail-fin in March 2003, and is owned by Joris Gijsbers from Hapert, The Netherlands.
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