A golden retriever grins with pride after breaking the world record for the most balls in the mouth
After successfully holding six tennis balls in his jaws, a golden retriever has set a new world record. Guinness World Records has formally awarded the title to Finley, a six-year-old golden retriever after it stood for an incredible 17 years. Finley, commonly known as Finny, managed to hold six balls last year, breaking the previous record of five balls held by the previous holder. Finny’s owners confirmed the news on his Instagram account with a statement.
“BIG NEWS!” read the message. I am now officially listed in the @guinnessworldrecords book for the year 2022! Of course, this wasn’t simple, and it felt like it took forever and a day to do! Thank you to all of my friends and supporters who have been with me since the beginning of my tennis ball journey—was it worth the wait?
“I haven’t been as active on social media as I have been in the past, but don’t worry, I’m still carrying tennis balls, as you can see!”
Finny allegedly likes stuffing the balls into his mouth and does it all by himself.
Finny will not touch the balls until all six have been tossed, according to one of his owners, Cherie Molloy.
Once he realizes there are six around, he can easily place four in his mouth, but with balls five and six, he has to use his paws to adapt. Finny waggles his tail fiercely in celebration when all six are in.
“The joy he provides to us is one thing, but he brings joy to people all around the world,” Cherie told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Finny had to meet Guinness World Records’ stringent video submission and witness statement standards. Finny’s ability to set the record so frequently was only a matter of time until he was formally recognized.