An adorable video showing the moment a guinea pig from Hungary broke a slam dunk record has gone viral on social media.
The video, posted to Instagram on Wednesday by the official Guinness World Records (GWR) account, has amassed over 194,000 views and over 7,700 likes. In the clip, the little rodent named Molly dives a 1.7-inch-diameter ball through a hoop four times, breaking the world record for the most basketball slam dunks in 30 seconds by a guinea pig.
According to Live Science, guinea pigs were native to South America and were domesticated by the Incas more than 3,000 years ago as pets and for food. They can weigh between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds and their body can be 8 to 10 inches long.
“Thanks a lot!” Emma Müller, Molly’s owner, tweeted in March, with a photo of Molly posing next to her official Guinness World Record certificate.
Speaking to GWR, Müller said Molly “absolutely loves playing basketball”, adding that Molly can, on occasion, complete eight slam dunks in 30 seconds. Still, four were “more than enough” to make Molly an official world record holder, GWR said.
“We can’t wait to see if this adorable record holder will break her own record or take on other challenges in the future,” GWR concluded.
Turns out Molly isn’t the first animal to break a Guinness World Record. In many cases, however, animals break records based on their size and/or age. For example, a Texas Great Dane, standing nearly 3.5 feet tall, was officially named the world’s tallest dog last month. In March, a Chihuahua named TobyKeith was dubbed the world’s oldest dog.
And in January, a 190-year-old turtle named Jonathan was crowned the world’s oldest known living land animal.
“In total, Jonathan’s astonishingly long life so far spans seven British monarchs, 53 British prime ministers and 40 US presidents,” GWR said.
Of course, some animals, like Molly, break records by completing challenges. Bini the Bunny, for example, holds the world record for the most basketball slam dunks in one minute by a bunny, “lining up 7 slam dunks!” GWR reported.
According to the GWR website, those wishing to set or break a world record must first create an online account, search for the record they wish to break, click on the “apply now” button and complete a form. Once the application is submitted, a member of Guinness World Records headquarters will review it and send instructions on how to submit evidence.
“If your attempt is successful, you will be entitled to an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Record Holder Certificate to confirm your Record Holder status!” GWR explained.