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Guinness Records: Smokey the cat is really loud

2011-05-06 07:10:58 GMT2011-05-06 15:10:58(Beijing Time)  China Daily

In this handout file photo released by Northampton College March 25, 2011, Smokey, a gray and white tabby cat prepares to receive a treat from owner Ruth Adams, in Northampton, England. (AP Photo/Alisdair Tait, Northampton College)

LONDON - It's official: Smokey the cat has roared her way into Guinness World Records having achieved the loudest purr by a domestic cat.

Guinness said Thursday the gray-and-white tabby 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.

(Agencies)

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