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Cheeky Elephant Crosses Railway Track: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m39s

Cheeky Elephant Crosses Railway Track: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

A cheeky elephant crosses a railway track in Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary. The tuskless male elephant - called a Makhna - used its trunk to push up the crossing barrier, then ambled his way across the tracks before crushing the second barrier and trampling over it. Videographer / director: Rony Chowdhary Producer: Charley Sutton, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

World’s Largest Dodge Viper Collection2m52s

World’s Largest Dodge Viper Collection

A car mad couple have amassed the world’s biggest Dodge Viper collection - worth an amazing $7.5 million. Texan couple D’Ann and Wayne Rauh have collected an incredible 80 Dodge Vipers - and they drive every single one. And incredibly, it’s not only the iconic American muscle car that they collect. The couple own another 60 cars - bringing their collection up to a whopping 140 cars. Videographer / director: Blake Wilson Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Ian Phillips

The World’s Most Pampered Alligator: BEAST BUDDIES4m49s

The World’s Most Pampered Alligator: BEAST BUDDIES

THE THOUGHT of being in close contact with an alligator might be terrifying for most people but this lady dresses her pet gator in a TUTU – and even gives it manicures.The four and a half foot reptile, named LillyGator, is known for wearing a tiara, pink dresses and even has her nails painted. Owner Angela Lance, 44, from Pennsylvania, USA, bought Lilly as a tiny hatchling at just two and a half days old. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Joshua Douglas

Premature Baby Hippo Is Smallest Calf Ever Born: ZooBorns1m49s

Premature Baby Hippo Is Smallest Calf Ever Born: ZooBorns

A baby hippo shocked zoo keepers when it arrived six weeks ahead of schedule. The Nile hippopotamus was born to 17-year-old Bibi on January 24 at Cincinnati Zoo, but the calf - a female hippo - was not expected to deliver until March. As the premature hippo was too small to stand and nurse from Bibi, the veterinary staff moved the baby to the zoo’s nursery where she could receive around the clock care. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Mother Leopard Attacks Daughter: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m08s

Mother Leopard Attacks Daughter: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

Two female leopards are caught having a catfight up a tree in Zambia, Africa. The ferocious felines were mother and daughter, and were snapped by safari guides as they fought over a comfy spot in the tree. The mother, known as Malaika, was knocked off balance by her eldest daughter, and was left dangling by her claws eight metres above the ground. Videographer / director: Shenton Safaris Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ellie Winstanley Editor: James Thorne

The Big Cat Doctor Performs Life-Saving Surgery: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES4m55s

The Big Cat Doctor Performs Life-Saving Surgery: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

WHILE most vets are treating domestic cats and dogs, this vet is carrying out life-saving operating on tigers and fixing lion’s teeth. Starting as a volunteer 10 years ago, Dr Justin Boorstein is now Big Cat Rescue’s star vet and has graduated from feeding the big cats to saving their lives. Although operating on big cats is an endlessly exciting opportunity, the operations certainly come with some risks. Videographer / director: Big Cat Rescue Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

Brave Mongoose Tackles Lethal Black Mamba Snake: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m16s

Brave Mongoose Tackles Lethal Black Mamba Snake: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

A TINY dwarf mongoose comes face to face with a deadly black mamba snake in Kruger National Park. Whilst out on a drive with guests, professional safari guide Brett Horely was amazed to witness the bravery of a mongoose as it appeared to take on one of Africa’s most dangerous snakes. Videographer / director: Greastock Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: Ian Phillips, Marcus Cooper

The $75,000 Micro Pit Bull5m08s

The $75,000 Micro Pit Bull

FORGET Pugs, Pomeranians or Chihuahuas - the rich and famous could soon be carrying a PIT BULL in their Gucci handbags. A new breed of “micro pit bulls” is rapidly becoming the must-have canine companion in the world of designer dogs. John Truitt, 30, from Long Beach in California, runs The Collectibulls, a company which breeds, trains, and sells ‘bullies’ to customers around the world, and is a leading advocate for the breed. His signature dog is Queen Califa, a 12-inch-high “micro pit bull” who has been valued at over $75,000. Videographer / director: Joel Forrest Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Angry Hippos In Brutal Fight: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m24s

Angry Hippos In Brutal Fight: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

TWO enormous hippos battle it out in an epic dispute to protect their newborn babies. This brutal fight between two male hippos in South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park was captured by nature guide, Stacey Farrell at the end of a long safari tour. Known to be the most dangerous mammal in Africa, hippos have incredibly short tempers and will often fight to the death. Videographer / director: Stacey Farrell Producer: Crystal Chung, Ellie Winstanley Editor: James Thorne

Adorable Baby Dik-Dik Antelope Is Only 7.5 Inches Tall | ZooBorns1m56s

Adorable Baby Dik-Dik Antelope Is Only 7.5 Inches Tall | ZooBorns

An orphaned Kirk’s dik-dik antelope has become Chester Zoo’s newest arrival. The 7.5 inches tall baby lost his mother soon after his birth on Sunday 8 January and zookeepers have become his carers. Named Thanos, the precious calf is doing well with five bottle feeds a day until he is old enough to eat on his own. This baby dik-dik was orphaned when his mom dies at birth, so assistant team manager Kim Wood and keeper Barbara Dreyer have both been playing mom to the adorable calf. Kim said: “The youngster is beginning to find his feet now and is really starting to hold is own. He is doing ever so well and is getting stronger by the day. “We’re hopeful that, in a few months time, we’ll be able to introduce him to some of the other members of our group of dik-diks. He may be tiny but he is certainly making a big impression on everyone at the zoo.” Kirk's dik-diks have tiny teardrop markings just under their eyes which make them look four-eyed. They got their name from Sir John Kirk, a 19th century Scottish naturalist, as well as the sound they make when feeling from danger. Although he is already one of the smallest members of the animal kingdom, Thanos will not grow too much more as dik-diks grow to a maximum size of 40cm - making them one of the smallest species of antelope in the world. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Spider Vs Wasp In Battle To The Death: SNAPPED IN THE WILD2m01s

Spider Vs Wasp In Battle To The Death: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

Laying only a single egg, the spider wasp has a brutal method to ensure its young have a high chance of survival. With a striking red thorax, the spider wasp gains its name from paralysing arachnids with its large stinger. The spider is then dragged into the wasp’s nest, where it will lay one egg into the still-alive abdomen of the spider, which will act as a ‘host’ to the young. The wasp larvae will then feed on the inside of the spider, till it breaks free as an adult wasp. Videographer / director: Kenneth Gisi Producer: Shannon Lane, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Sonia Estal

Rescued Tiger Undergoes Dramatic Surgery: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES3m25s

Rescued Tiger Undergoes Dramatic Surgery: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

A LUCKY tiger has escaped death after a cub breeding mill left her with a 20lb infection in her uterus.Priya was born at Big Cats of Serenity Springs and records show that she had four litters in under two years. In the wild tigers breed roughly every two to three years, so her forced breeding had a huge impact on her health. The majestic tiger was taken in by Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida when the breeding mill was shut down. Videographer / director: Big Cat Rescue Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Jack Stevens

9-Year-Old Snake Handler Krista Guarino2m43s

9-Year-Old Snake Handler Krista Guarino

Little Krista Guarino is only NINE years old - but she's already proving an expert snake handler. The brave schoolgirl lives with a staggering 30 reptiles, including anacondas and a 12 ft python at her home in Michigan, America. She eats, sleeps and plays with the creatures - some of which are twice her size. And she's even been bitten a few times but none of the snakes are venomous - and courageous Krista says it doesn't hurt. Krista, the eldest of three children, was first introduced to the animals by dad Jamie, 33, who is a snake specialist. And she held her first when she was just two years old. Despite her young age, she has already set her sights on opening her own reptile zoo when she's older. And she's determined to change perceptions about the misunderstood snake. Videographer / Director: Laurentiu Garofeanu Producer: Hannah Mouland Editor: Ian Phillips

Snake Fakes Death While Showing Off Its Impressive Acting Skills 2m10s

Snake Fakes Death While Showing Off Its Impressive Acting Skills

This snake has perfected a cunning way of deterring predators - by playing dead. With an Oscar-worthy performance, the Eastern Hognose writhes around as if in sheer pain, whilst also emitting a disgusting smell. The snake even hangs its fork tongue out of its mouth to ensure the dramatic scene is fully believable. Texan local, Kenneth Gisi, stumbled across the distinctive snake when it was being confronted by a feral cat. Kenneth explained: "I was just coming home from the store and, while I was walking down my driveway, I noticed a feral cat in the tall grass staring down at the ground intensely. I had a feeling that this cat had found a snake so I went to investigate. Sure enough, it was this Hognose. I was extremely happy that I got to save it from the cat and got to experience this beautiful creature." The Eastern Hognose is famous for being able to deter its enemies from attacking by doing the ages-old trick of playing dead. One really cool feature is that, when confronted with a possible foe, they spread their necks to imitate cobras. But if you don't go away, they will eventually throw themselves into fake spasms and simply play dead! Awesome! Videographer / director: Kenneth Gisi Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Baby Giant Anteater Loves Her Teddy Bear: ZooBorns1m24s

Baby Giant Anteater Loves Her Teddy Bear: ZooBorns

A special teddy bear has been standing in as mum for a tiny baby anteater at ZSL London Zoo. Nicknamed ‘Beanie’, the youngster was born on December 28th 2016, however zookeepers quickly discovered the infant was unable to be cared for by her biological mother. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Photographers Make Adorable Unique Dog Portraits2m38s

Photographers Make Adorable Unique Dog Portraits

Raising funds for animals can oftentimes be a very difficult task. In our modern society, we seldom have time or will to think about those without a voice or a home. But two Canadian photographers are making a difference for the animals in a very creative and unique way. Two creatives have a unique angle to their dog portraits - underneath them! Tania Ryan and Jason Kenzie, from Vancouver, have been at it again with The Underdogs Project to raise money for animal welfare. This time around they’ve revealed their secrets to how they photograph the quirky canines. Tania said: "“We both not only share the love of pets but also photography, and while we were working on creating the first of these photographs it became clear to us that we needed to do something special with these photos to help raise funds and awareness for animal welfare.” Photographer, Jason, lies beneath a strong sheet of glass, whilst Tania entices the quirky canine with treats. The results are these awesome portraits that capture the pure essence of dogs - happiness, loyalty and endless love for humans. Each of these dogs has its own unique traits, and these photographers have done a lovely job in portraying that. So cool! Videographer / director: The Underdogs Project Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Orphaned Baby Elephant Saved From Starvation | WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES2m08s

Orphaned Baby Elephant Saved From Starvation | WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

Animal lovers prepare to have your heart melted as this emotional yet inspiring video emerges! This precious elephant calf was saved from starvation after being separated from her elephant family on the dry African plains. Luckily The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) stepped in after a call from a Big Life Foundation ranger who had spotted the calf wandering the Narraengolo area within the Amboseli-Chyulu ecosystem. Faith in humanity restored as this group of heroes save this elephant. This adorable elephant calf , now named Esampu according to the area she was found in, seems so happy after it got rescued. Although the calf was not in need of medical treatment, the sorrow over the loss of her family will take time to overcome. It is believed that the Masai practice of elephant spearing could be the reason behind her family’s disappearance. The DSWT really is an amazing group and organization as animals are precious to this planet and need to be saved if they ever get in trouble! They deserve a pat on the back! This adorable elephant looks so cute! Don't you wish that you could bring something like that home with you? Unfortunately you can't but you could always get an adorable animal plush from Amazon! Videographer / director: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Jack Stevens

Cute Red Panda Cubs Go Exploring: ZooBorns1m34s

Cute Red Panda Cubs Go Exploring: ZooBorns

Come and meet two precious red panda cubs as they explore their new home. Born on June 24 at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, the endangered cubs are the second set in two years for breeding pair Leafa - female - and Phoenix - male. Female cub Waveland and male cub Sheffield spent the first few months of their lives behind the scenes in their nest box, but they have now ventured out to explore their ivy-covered habitat. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Bat Has Life-Saving Surgery On Broken Wing: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES1m40s

Bat Has Life-Saving Surgery On Broken Wing: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

An injured bat has been given a second chance after life-saving surgery. This Indian flying bat was rescued from predators in the wild following a vicious tussle in the wild. The tiny creature suffered a severely broken wing and came to his rescuers with the bone protruding from his flesh.His rescuers called various vets but none were able to help the delicate creature. After spending 15 days clinging to life the bat was brought to Dr V Madan Kompal, a veterinary surgeon and radiologist who works for Mysore Zoo in Kuvempunagar, India. Videographer / director: Dinesh Dubey Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Jack Stevens

Angry Giraffes Fight Over Female: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m53s

Angry Giraffes Fight Over Female: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

THESE super heavyweights bring a new meaning to the term ‘head banger’ after they were filmed fighting by an eagle eyed game ranger. The fully grown male giraffes were snapped by field guide and YouTuber, Rob Vamplew, 39, during a safari at Idube Game Reserve, South Africa. The young males battled it out to exert dominance which would guarantee them mating rights in the area. A male giraffe can weigh up to 3000lbs and reach a dizzying height of 18 feet, and fights between males often end in death. Videographer / director: Rob The Ranger Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Nick Johnson Editor: Jack Stevens

Asian Elephant Herd Welcomes Rare Newborn: ZooBorns2m02s

Asian Elephant Herd Welcomes Rare Newborn: ZooBorns

AMAZING night cam footage has captured the birth of an Asian elephant at Chester Zoo. Following a 22 month gestation, and a short 20 minute labour, the male calf was born to two-year-old mum Sithami Hi Way. Zoo keepers stayed up to monitor the birth via live CCTV and watched in awe as the baby dropped onto soft sand and scrambled to his feet in minutes. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

‘We Live With 220 Lions And Tigers': BEAST BUDDIES10m08s

‘We Live With 220 Lions And Tigers': BEAST BUDDIES

ANIMAL lover Jeff Lowe provides care and shelter to more than 220 big cats - and they live in his back garden. 51-year-old Jeff owns the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, one of the largest private zoos in the world that rescues and protects over 500 wild animals, from tigers and lions to bears and crocodiles. Jeff, a multimillionaire, spends his days closely interacting with the most dangerous animals, walking them on leads inside his cabin house and laying in and around their enclosures – he even takes his smaller tigers to the vets in his Ferrari. Lauren Dropla, Jeff’s 25-year-old fiancé, offers a helping hand with looking after their exotic pets and maintaining the park on a daily basis. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Hunting With Eagles2m53s

Hunting With Eagles

Remote nomadic families are supporting themselves using one unconventional method - hunting with golden eagles. In 2015 and 2016, videographer and photographer Joel Santos travelled for several days across Mongolia to reach their remote homes of the Kazakh nomads and witness the stringent training they endure to bond with their eagles. With only around 400 traditional eagle hunters left in the world, the custom is precious and unless your father was an eagle hunter, you cannot become one. Videographer / director: Joel Santos Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Green Turtles Feast On Jellyfish: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m24s

Green Turtles Feast On Jellyfish: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

In an unusual sighting an unfortunate jellyfish was snapped up for dinner by two peckish green turtles. While searching for leopard sharks off the coast of Byron Bay, Australia wildlife photographer and videographer Craig Parry came across this odd feeding frenzy. Adult green turtles are a herbivorous marine turtle but juvenile green turtles will feed on invertebrates like crab, sponges and jellyfish if the opportunity arises. Videographer / director: Craig Parry Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Blue The Thera-Pig Helps Sick And Elderly: CUTE AS FLUFF3m04s

Blue The Thera-Pig Helps Sick And Elderly: CUTE AS FLUFF

A PAMPERED pig who lives the life of luxury is helping the sick and elderly - and is looking incredibly stylish as she does it. In recent years, pigs have become more known in the home, than on a farm. Pet owners, and meat eaters alike, are beginning to realise how intelligent these misunderstood animals are. And a particular porker called Blue, from Wellington, Florida is just that. The potbelly lives with her owner Jahaira Zamora, and is both a therapy worker at a nursing home and part-time fashionista. Blue makes frequent visits to the home to bring joy to the residents, who pet and play with her. Videographer / director: Jahaira Zamora Producer: Shannon Lane, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 2017304 views