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    South Dakota dog becomes a world title holder for its record-breaking, long tongue

    Guinness World Records has a new winner, and this time, it’s of the canine variety.

    Mochi “Mo” Rickert, an eight-year-old St. Bernard from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the new title holder for the “longest tongue on a dog” in the first ever Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals. Mochi’s tongue measures at a whopping 7.31 inches.

    Mochi is a “resilient, happy-go-lucky dog, with a big personality,” said her owner, Carla Rickert, who adopted Mochi at two years old, according to a press release from Guinness World Records on Tuesday.

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    “It still does not seem real! Mochi is so humble, she never brags or boasts but I know that she is as proud of her new record as we are,” Carla said in the press release. “It feels truly amazing to be a part of the Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals book! We are so grateful for the opportunity to make others smile.”

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    Mochi’s long tongue tends to be a benefit during meal times, giving her a way to eat more quickly than some other pups.

    It doesn’t come without its obstacles though. Food often gets flung several feet across the room, and her extra-long tongue can cause breathing challenges and extra slobber.

    “We are very excited to welcome Mochi and her record-breaking tongue to the Guinness World Records family as part of our new publication, Amazing Animals,” said Craig Glenday, editor of Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals, in the press release.

    “Amazing Animals is not your typical animals’ reference book,” he added. “Instead, it takes a sideways look at our favourite pets and wild animals, and is a chance for us to celebrate the barking mad side of animal record-breaking. So alongside the classic fastest, largest and tallest record-holders, you’ll find the most talented, most followed and most pampered creatures on Earth. It’s a hoot!”

    Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.