World’s oldest dog dies – level 3

30-10-2023 15:00

Bobi, an extraordinary Portuguese mastiff, set a new world record as the longest-lived dog. He passed away at the remarkable age of 31 years and 165 days.

His longevity was nothing short of astonishing, given that his breed typically lives for 12 to 14 years. Bobi’s journey began in less-than-favorable circumstances when he and his siblings were marked for an early grave right after birth. At that time, it was considered normal by older people to bury the animals in a hole so that they wouldn’t survive. Fortunately, the intervention of an eight-year-old boy named Leonel Costa saved Bobi and made him part of the family. Bobi lived his entire life with Leonel’s family in the Portuguese village of Conqueiros.

In February this year, Guinness World Records recognized Bobi as the world’s oldest living dog, surpassing Spike the chihuahua from Ohio, US. Bobi’s remarkable longevity was attributed to the peaceful environment, a diet of shared meals with the family, and his access to ample outdoor space.

Difficult words: longevity (long existence), intervention (interrupting someone speaking or doing something), ample (enough or more than enough).

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