Mochi “Mo” Ricket, an 8-year-old St. Bernard from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will go in the record books for having the longest tongue on a dog.
Her massive tongue was measured by a veterinarian at 7.3 inches — the length of two and a half Jenga blocks, according to Guinness World Records.
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Mochi’s owner Carla Rickert adopted the St. Bernard when she was just 2 years old from the Big Dogs Huge Paws breed rescue organization and told Guinness World Records it was “love at first sight.”
The dog’s impressively long tongue can sometimes leave her tongue-tied, Rickert said. Treats have to be fed to her in a certain way so she can grab them, and her tongue sometimes causes breathing problems and extra slobber when she is nervous. Plus, dirt, dust and leaves can get stuck to it when Mochi picks things up.
But Rickert said she thinks her happy-go-lucky dog is certainly proud of the recognition.
“It still does not seem real. Mochi is so humble, she never brags or boasts, but I know that she is as proud of her new record as we are,” Rickert told Guinness World Records. “It feels truly amazing to be a part of the ‘Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals’ book. We are so grateful for the opportunity to make others smile.”
Mochi is featured in the new publication alongside many other talented and unusual creatures.