Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cat's Purr as Loud a Lawn Mower

Smokey, 12-year-old gray and white tabby cat in Northampton, England has the world's largest purr according to Guinness World Records. Alisdair Tait/Northampton College/Associated Press. Photo courtesy: cbcnews

Smokey the cat has roared her way into Guinness World Records having achieved the loudest purr by a domestic cat.

Guinness says the grey-and-white tabby in Northampton, England earned her place with record-setting 67.7 decibels. In a video on the cat's website, the 12-year-old, ordinary-size feline purrs with a sound akin to the cooing of an angry dove.

Smokey first rose to prominence in February, when her owner, Ruth Adams, ran a local competition for the most powerful purr. A community college recorded the purr and submitted it to Guinness.

Guinness says the loudest animal sounds are the low-frequency pulses made by blue whales and fin whales when they communicate with each other — sounds that reach 188 decibels. By comparison, a lawnmower is 90 decibels.

The following is a video of Smokey doing what she does best - purr.

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