From pink lakes to sideways trees to underwater volcanoes, Mother Nature has cooked up some pretty wacky things over the last billion years. But even with so many weird and wonderful sights in the natural world, it looks like the animal kingdom might have it beat.
You may have seen a double rainbow, but chances are you’ve never laid eyes on animals as unbelievably large as these. If you thought your lazy house cat was an impressive size, the other creatures on this list will make you completely reconsider your definition of “big.”
1. Knickers the Cow: Well, he’s technically a steer, but there’s no denying how truly massive this behemoth bovine is. Standing 6’4″ and weighing 2,800 pounds, the 7-year-old Knickers is roughly 3/4 as heavy as the average car and is as tall as NBA star Steph Curry. That’s a lot of cow!
2. Jeff the Rabbit: If you thought the Easter Bunny was big, wait until you check out Jeff. The 4’5″, 42-pound fluffball is the current Guinness World Record holder for largest rabbit, beating out his father, Darius, by an inch. Good luck pulling this guy out of a hat!
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3. Big Jake the Horse: Even the tallest jockey might have a hard time hopping a ride on Big Jake. The 17-year-old Belgian Gelding horse stands at just around seven feet tall and has held the title of the “Tallest Living Horse” since 2010. You might have to stand on your tip-toes just to feed him a carrot!
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4. Omar the Cat: While most of the biggest cats live in the jungle, this furry feline might just give them a run for their money. Measuring 3’11” and weighing 31 pounds, this Australian Maine Coon is considered by many to be the largest house cat in the world. Let’s just hope his hairballs aren’t too big…
5. Gary the Capybara: If you’ve ever wondered what the world’s largest rodent looks like, just look at Gary. The capybara weighs in at a husky 112 pounds. And yes, you’re right: he is absolutely adorable.
6. “Whopper”: That’s the only word you can use to describe this enormous freshwater stingray, which was pulled out of Thailand’s Mae Klong River by TV host Jeff Corwin on a 2015 episode of Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin. The record-breaking ray measured 7’9″ feet across by 14 feet long and weighed an unbelievable 800 pounds.
7. Zeus the Dog: The tallest dog ever recorded, this imposing Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan, stood a remarkable 44 inches when he set the record in 2012. Sadly, Zeus passed away in 2014, but, judging by the size of this incredible pooch, his record is unlikely to be broken any time soon.
8. Hercules the Liger: With a name like Hercules, you know this guy’s gonna be big. The hybrid offspring of a male lion and a ligress, this gargantuan feline is 10’9″ feet long, 4’1″ feet tall at the shoulder, and weighs an incredible 922 pounds, making him the world’s largest living cat.
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9. Lolong the Crocodile: Measuring 20’3″ from tail to snout, and weighing 2,370 pounds, Lolong holds the record for the largest crocodile ever caught and placed in captivity. Following his death in 2013, Lolong’s body was preserved for display in Manila’s National Museum of Natural History.
10. Chris the Sheep: This Merino sheep gained international attention in 2015 when he was spotted in the Bush with an enormous excess of wool. After 42 minutes of sheering – most sheep take about two minutes to sheer – a total of 89 pounds of wool had been removed, making Chris the woolliest sheep ever.
11. Medusa the Snake: At 25’2″ inches long, this python holds the record for the largest living snake in captivity, as well as the record for the largest snake ever measured. An attraction at “The Edge of Hell Haunted House” in Kansas City, patrons can regularly view the super-sized serpent in all her slithering glory.
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12. “Cheeks”: That’s probably not its name, but considering the size of this squirrel it’s safe to say its familiar with storing food for the winter. This chubby rodent was spotted by photographer Marina van der Linden while shooting in California’s Morro Rock State Preserve… just after she’d put out some nuts.
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13. Big Bill the Pig: They just don’t come much larger than Big Bill, who tipped the scales at 2,552 pounds and became the world’s heaviest pig in 1933. Considering the average porker weighs around 280 pounds, it looks like Big Bill’s record is safe… for now.
14. Goldie the Goldfish: Most people consider it lucky if their goldfish survive for a week, let alone 15 years. Such was the case for Goldie, who, in addition to outliving all of his owner’s other pets, set the record for the largest goldfish at 15 inches in length and over 2 pounds in weight. Look out, Jaws!
15. Trouble the Cat: Don’t look now because here comes Trouble — literally. Part house cat and part African serval cat – a hybrid known as a Savannah – this Sacramento feline measures a remarkable 19 inches from nose to tail. Surprisingly, though, Trouble only weighs about 20 pounds.
16. Bailey Jr. the Bison: Most large animals don’t enjoy being kept as pets, but that’s not the case for Bailey Jr. The nearly two-ton Canadian bison has been described by his owner Jim Saunter as “a puppy dog” in terms of his demeanor, and as a calf, Bailey Jr. was even known to join Jim for TV time.
17. Zorba the Dog: This massive Mastiff set the record for the world’s heaviest dog in 1987 with a weight of 314.5 pounds. Then, two years later, he broke his own record when he weighed in at 343 pounds. You have to feel bad for whoever was in charge of giving this colossal canine a bath…
18. Bandit the Raccoon: Most would suspect this furball packed on the pounds from rooting through garbage cans, but Bandit owed his incredible size to a thyroid condition. At the time of his death in 2004, the chubby raccoon weighed an amazing 75 pounds.
19. “Birdzilla”: This child-sized rooster made headlines in 2017 when a video surfaced of it bursting forth from its wooden hutch. While this particular breed of rooster – known as Brahma – is the largest variety of chicken on the planet, this bird weighs an astonishing 16.5 pounds and stands almost 3 feet tall.
20. Sammy the Tortoise: After adopting the tortoise when he was just 10 years old, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick expected the little guy to grow to the size of an average box turtle. Well, he was wrong, as 21 years later Sammy weighed 115 pounds!
21. Ludo the Maine coon: This breed of cat is already well known for being on the large side, but Ludo is big even for his breed, weighing around 25 pounds! This makes him over three times as big as the average cat.
22. Gibson the Harlequin Great Dane: This pooch hails from California and is even a trained therapy dog! He was the world’s largest canine, measuring seven feet long from front to back, and standing over four feet high!
23. The Hercules moth: This bugger is the world’s largest species of moth with a wingspan of around 11 inches when fully grown. These giant bugs are native to New Guinea and northern Australia, and they are actually great for the local environment.
24. Darius the rabbit: Living in Worcester, England, Darius is officially the world’s largest rabbit. He measures a little over four feet in length, weighs 50 pounds, and eats about $3,000 worth of food each year.
25. The Pig: The largest show pig on record was bred on a farm in Wafangdian City, China and weighed a massive 1,984 pounds! Up to his fifth birthday, he just kept growing and growing way past anybody’s expectations!
26. Chilli the cow: This hot tamale lives in England and stands a steep 6’6″ tall. Chilli was actually a foundling calf, dropped off at an animal sanctuary when he was just six days old, but that didn’t keep him from getting bigger than a young elephant!
27. African Goliath frogs: typically hopping around Cameroon and Equatorial Guineauover are the world’s largest species of frog. They can grow to over a foot in length and weigh around seven pounds!
28. Coconut crabs: Crawling around islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, these crabs are named for their claws powerful enough to crack coconuts. These giant crustaceans tend to weigh around nine pounds and can measure an incredible three feet across!
29. Saltwater crocodiles: These guys are the largest reptile in the world and are native to southeast Asia and northern Australia. This is a photo of largest one ever caught alive, which took a three-week hunt. He measured 21 feet in length!
30. Macroptychaster starfish: They were only recently discovered in 2008 and live in Antarctic waters. Normal starfish grow a maximum of a foot in length, but these guys are typically twice as big as that!
31. Flying foxes: Coming in as the world’s largest species of bat, these bad boys can be found on the Asian, African and Australian continents. Luckily they’re herbivores and typically eat fruit, pollen, and nectar.
32. Chinese giant salamanders: These creepers are the largest amphibians in the world, growing up to six feet long and weighing over 100 pounds. The lizards are nearly blind and instead have special sensory nodes all over their bodies to compensate. Have mercy…
33. Laos’s giant huntsman spiders: Okay, for whatever reason, these exist and they are the world’s biggest spiders by leg span, with some having foot-long legs. They’re typically cave dwellers but have been known to make their homes in attics and basements as well. OMG.
34. Trigger the cow: Yet another massive British cow, standing over six feet tall and weighing 1.2 tons. He was nearly killed for veal as a calf, but a neighbor stepped in at the last minute and adopted him.
35. Oarfish: These sinuous swimmers are deep sea dwellers and are rarely seen near the surface, though some speculate they might be the source of many sea serpent myths. They’re the world’s largest bony fish and can measure 36 feet long and weigh 600 pounds!
36. Giant weta crickets: Chirping around New Zealand, this cricks definitely put the average cricket to shame. Usually, they’re about three inches long and can weigh up to three ounces, but many grow even bigger than that!
37. Nomura jellyfish: Native to the oceans around China and Japan, these jellies can grow up to six feet across and weigh 440 pounds. The jellyfish are considered a nuisance in Japan, where they create big problems for local fishermen.
38. Titan beetles: These guys have the largest body of any species of beetle, though the Hercules beetle is technically longer because of its horn. Titans are native to South America and can grow up to six-and-a-half inches long!
39. Japanese spider crabs: These monstrosities can weigh up to 40 pounds and have a claw-to-claw length of around 14 feet. They are considered a delicacy to eat in some parts of Japan, though recent conservation laws have forbidden catching them for food.
40. African giant snails: These slim balls are native to eastern Africa and can grow up to eight inches long. They are generally considered pests, especially in urban areas where they’re known as disease carriers.