The Monkey Mum: BEAST BUDDIES5m19s


MONKEY MUM Pinky Janota is raising six monkeys at her home - and even dresses them up. The 53-year-old owns three rescued Rhesus Macaques, one Bonnet and two Marmosets monkeys, all with with names influence by cosmetic brands including; Maybelline, L’Oreal, Avon and Max. The primates have all proved the truth behind the phrase ‘monkey see, monkey do’ by mimicking their owner’s behaviour. Pinky spends her days teaching her monkey kids sign language, feeding them on a high chair, changing their diapers, bottle feeding them and bathing them. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Sea Turtle Survives Boat Propeller To The Face: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES3m28s

Sea Turtle Survives Boat Propeller To The Face: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

This sea turtle was almost split in half by a motor boat propeller - but local rescuers managed to bring him back from the brink of death. Jose the turtle was found on Torre García beach in Almería, Spain by locals walking on the beach. Luckily they contacted Equinac - a nearby non-profit organisation who specialise in helping sea turtles and cetaceans on the coast. Equinac volunteer Juan Cruz D’Amico said: “Jose was hit by a motor boat and a family who were walking on the beach saw him and called us. They thought Jose was dead because he wasn’t moving, but he was still breathing. Videographer / director: Equinac Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal

Family Loses Home To Keep Their Tigers and Lions: BEAST BUDDIES5m43s

Family Loses Home To Keep Their Tigers and Lions: BEAST BUDDIES

A SOUTH AFRICAN family are living in an isolated trailer - so they can provide their tigers and lions a home. The Fernandes family once owned the luxurious Jugomaro Predator Park, which was home for their pet tigers and lions for seven years.The beautiful enclosures and fields the size of football pitches meant their beloved big cats had a five-star complex and were even allowed to go inside the family house. But sadly, in November 2015, the luxurious retreat was demolished when owner Rosa and her children, Justin and Maxine, ran into financial difficulties and the liquidators gained control of their home and dumped their possessions in a waste pile - leaving their six lions, 10 tigers, three caracals and one jaguar with no home. This detrimental change of circumstance forced the distraught family to flee to a section of land in Krugersdorp, South Africa, where they are currently living in a trailer and have to wash and go to the toilet in the nearest bushes. But despite all of their loss, the trio put everything they have into their beloved pets that now live in smaller enclosures just 50 metres away from their trailer home. Videographer / director: Paul Hugo Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Ex Circus Tiger Starts New Life At Florida Sanctuary: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES2m41s

Ex Circus Tiger Starts New Life At Florida Sanctuary: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

Before his rescue from an illegal circus this tiger had never wetted his paws - now he swims in his own lake every day. Animal Defenders International (ADI) were on track to rescue Hoover and one other tiger from the circus during a nationwide law enforcement operation in 2014, but the circus went underground and Hoover was lost for almost a year until a member of the public tipped off ADI to the location of the Peruvian circus. Together with Peruvian wildlife officials, ADI seized Hoover from the circus - he later became the sole survivor of up to 12 tigers who were kept by Circo Africano - and took the emaciated, parasite infested tiger to their temporary holding facility. Finally, in April 2016 BCR received the green light from United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in time for Hoover to arrive at his new one-acre enclosure on his twelfth birthday. Videographer / director: Big Cat Rescue Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Sonia Estal

Baby Giraffe Arrives In Time For Christmas: ZooBorns1m14s

Baby Giraffe Arrives In Time For Christmas: ZooBorns

CHESTER Zoo is celebrating after a rare breed of giraffe was born on Boxing Day. The Rothschild’s calf, which would have fallen more than 6ft during its birth, is the product of Chester Zoo’s endangered species breeding programme. The Rothschild’s giraffe is one of the worlds most at risk animals due to poaching and habitat loss, with experts estimating numbers of less than 1,600 left in the wild. The newest addition to Chester Zoo - who is yet to be sexed and named - is already standing at an impressive 6ft and was up and bonding with his mum Tula within minutes of entering the world. Videographer / director: ZooBrons Producer: Eve Wagstaff, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Rare Sighting Of Humpback Whales In British Seas: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m29s

Rare Sighting Of Humpback Whales In British Seas: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

A pod of humpback whales has been photographed underwater for the first time in Britain. The rare moment was witnessed off the Shetland Islands, Scotland, by coastal and marine photographer Richard Shucksmith and Brydon Thomason. The Shetland Islands’ locals spotted the whales feeding in the area over the previous three weeks, and was anticipating an opportunity to photograph them up close. Richard said: “I had been waiting for a weather window to go and try to get underwater images of the humpback whales. Videographer / director: Richard Shucksmith Producer: Shannon Lane, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Rescue Dogs Get A Festive Makeover: CUTE AS FLUFF2m23s

Rescue Dogs Get A Festive Makeover: CUTE AS FLUFF

The dapper dogs in clothes are back with a second series, and they’re feeling festive. Earlier this year we were introduced to UCAPS' well dressed canines available for adoption. Photographer Tammy Swarek came up with the idea of dressing up rescue dogs to draw attention to their stories and help potential owners personally connect with them. Tammy, from Arkansas, drew her inspiration from Facebook after spotting another portrait project for sheltered animals. So she contacted her local dog shelter, the Union County Animal Protection Society (UCAPS) and has worked closely with shelter manager Tanja Jackson ever since. Videographer / director: Tammy Swarek Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Dan Cousins

Cute Baby Orangutan And Mother Released After Rescue3m06s

Cute Baby Orangutan And Mother Released After Rescue

An ADORABLE baby orangutan and her doting mum clamber freely through the lush green jungle after being released back into the wild. Mum, Ah Foo, 25, and her 18-month-old baby, Kebaco, swing joyously from the trees after a three-month stint in quarantined captivity. The pair were rescued from an oil palm plantation after a concerned farmer raised the alarm amid preparations for the harvest – which would have destroyed their home and put them in serious danger. The team took the mum and baby to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Malaysia to screen them for disease before being released to set up their new home amongst fellow great apes. Gilbert Woolley, a photographer and editor from Bristol, UK, now living and working in Borneo, captured the young family’s adventure on film.

Cute Otter Is Best Friends With Lions And Hyenas3m09s

Cute Otter Is Best Friends With Lions And Hyenas

An orphaned otter has formed an extraordinary bond with a hyena and a huge lioness. Moses, a Cape clawless otter, was found abandoned by his parents by the side of a river when he was just a few weeks old. A policeman brought the helpless pup to Annel Snyman at Loebies Guest Farm and Predator Park in Bela Bela, South Africa. Moses was nursed back to health by Annel who was also raising lion and hyena cubs in her home. Now 18-months-old Moses still visits Annel in her house, sleeps in her bed and play fights with the big cats at the predator park.

Tiny Puppy Manages To Break Down Dog-Proof Gate1m34s

Tiny Puppy Manages To Break Down Dog-Proof Gate

A cute corgi makes a daring escape from behind a puppy proof fence. Filmed in July, this adorable footage shows Beau, an 11 week old puppy, pulling down and climbing over a gate which was meant to confine it to the kitchen. The video was shot in Wapakoneta, Ohio, by the dog's loving owner Dan McLaughlin, who wanted to know how the mischievous puppy kept breaking loose. Beau was born on May 31, as part of a litter of four puppies and was bought by animal lover Dan who lives with his girlfriend. Dan said: “When we left the apartment, we would put Beau behind the fence. But every time we would come back, even if we were just gone for a few minutes, we would find him roaming around the apartment and the puppy fence knocked over.” So, the couple did what every other confused puppy owner would do - they set up a camera. Lo and behold, tiny Corgi Beau used his even tinier mouth to pull the doggy gate out and roam the apartment, free as a bird! The 21-year-old insists that Beau definitely has an adventurous side. He said: “The first few nights we had him, we put him in a laundry basket with blankets to sleep in, and it didn't take long for him to find a way to climb out of it. “He hates being constrained to a small space, and will find anyway possible to get out.” We feel you, pup!

Sea-Section: Incredible Shark Birth Caught on Camera1m24s

Sea-Section: Incredible Shark Birth Caught on Camera

A family outing turned into a shocking emergency c-section shark birth caught on camera. Restaurant owners Beth Cordell, 44 and Lindsey Cordell, 44, were walking along the coast of Georgia, USA with their three children and a friend when they noticed a shark that washed up on shore. Their son, Lindsey Cordell, 13, recorded the astonishing footage.  Strangers gathered and helped remove a hook from the 6ft shark’s body when they noticed movement inside its stomach. Realizing the shark was pregnant, another beach goer volunteered to cut the mother open, exposing the wriggling newborns inside. Three shark pups were successfully rescued and released back into the ocean.

Tabby Potter: Munchkin Moggy Becomes Online Celebrity2m34s

Tabby Potter: Munchkin Moggy Becomes Online Celebrity

A pushy cat owner wants to turn her tiny munchkin into a huge Hollywood superstar. Albert Baby Cat is an adorable blue-eyed feline who has already taken the Internet by storm - dressing up in adorable outfits from popular TV shows and films. But his owner Christine Look is hoping for bigger things from tiny Albert – who already has more over 60,000 followers on Instagram. The one year old wears chic sweaters, glasses and cute costumes for his Instagram followers but his seemingly effortless poses are anything but. Christine started dressing Albert up around six months ago and uses her home near Los Angeles as his studio.

Cute Bouncing Lamb Becomes Huge Internet Star1m27s

Cute Bouncing Lamb Becomes Huge Internet Star

AN ADORABLE happy lamb hops his way to internet fame after a brush with death. Hilarious videos of little Winter bouncing down hallways and on beds has made the fluffy creature a Vine star. And despite being just five months old he has amassed a dedicated following of 25,000 people who follow his every move.Shannen Hussein, 21, from Melbourne, Australia, found the young lamb during a cold winter night after being abandoned by their mother.

Cute Baby Bear Rides Surfboard3m32s

Cute Baby Bear Rides Surfboard

An adorable bear cub catches a wave on a surfboard in a swimming pool with his owner Carl Bovard. The now ten-month-old Syrian brown bear named Bruiser lives in an enclosure at Single Vision educational facility run by Carl, 43, in Melrose, Florida. Carl opened Single Vision nine years ago and currently has six tigers, two lions, two bear cubs, two mountain lions, two bobcats, and two alligators. Bruiser and his bear friend, Honey, a Florida black bear, began swimming at three-months-old when they climbed into the big pool in the yard. The bears lived inside Carl’s home when they were young, but now live in an outdoor enclosure. 

Dog Whisperer: Trainer Walks Pack Of Dogs Without A Leash2m47s

Dog Whisperer: Trainer Walks Pack Of Dogs Without A Leash

Meet leader of the pack Augusto Deoliveira, who can walk huge groups of unleashed German Shepherd dogs obediently at his heels. The magical dog trainer, 23, is a web sensation and turns heads wherever he goes - at the head of huge packs of dogs. Augusto lives in Hyannis, USA, but grew up surrounded by dogs on a farm in Brazil where he discovered he could lead groups of dogs with training. Now he’s wowing Americans as he walks through their towns and cities showing off the amazing feat. Augusto lives, breathes and sleeps with dogs as the head of his firm Griffin Shepherd Kennels. At the training kneels where he lives, he claims to be able to guide up to 15 free-walking dogs at the same time. Augusto has taken a new feat to the busy streets of the city of Boston, when he walked six dogs, all at his heel and without a leash. He says that it was different for the dogs, to be able to walk in such a noisy and stressful environment they are not used to, plus all those distractions. He starts by walking them all on a leash and removes them one by one over time. German Shepherds are known for their agility and obedience. Originally bred for herding sheep, today they are the number one working dog, from police and military roles, to disability assistance. Besides being highly intelligent and obedient, they are well known as being very protective of their owners.

Mane Attraction: Man Cuddles and Kisses Huge Pet Lion1m21s

Mane Attraction: Man Cuddles and Kisses Huge Pet Lion

THEY say a dog is a man’s best friend – but Zion the lion begs to differ. The big cat, which is known for being a fearsome predator prowling the plains of Africa, has an unusual bond with his caretaker Frikkie Von Solns. The 69-year-old has taken care of the friendly lion since birth after he was removed from his mother’s care. The cub needed constant feeding every four hours and the pair even shared the same bed. Eleven years later and the bond between the surrogate father and son is stronger than ever.

Caught On Camera: Curious Cheetah Uses GoPro As A Chew Toy3m29s

Caught On Camera: Curious Cheetah Uses GoPro As A Chew Toy

A CURIOUS cheetah uses a GoPro camera as a chew toy - while sat on the roof of a photographer's jeep. The footage was taken by snapper and filmmaker Boris von Schoenebeck who was observing a group of the big cats in the Serengeti region of Tanzania. The 47-year-old, who was making a wildlife film, said the predators were regular visitors to his car. They would climb onto the roof of his vehicle, but one day the animal took a vicious swipe at the GoPro.

Caught On Camera: Bear Attacks Santa1m02s

Caught On Camera: Bear Attacks Santa

A grumpy bear takes a swipe a toy Santa in a comical caught on camera encounter. Photographer Robert Martinez placed the soft toy in the San Gabriel mountains above Glendora, California, to see how the local wildlife would react to it. Training a camera on the festive lure, Robert caught the moment an inquisitive bear investigates the toy before sending Santa flying with a powerful paw. 

Horse Play: Jack Russell Rides Miniature Horse1m40s

Horse Play: Jack Russell Rides Miniature Horse

Seven-year-old miniature horse Spanky, who stands at just 32 inches tall and his pal Dally, a six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier were rescued by horse trainer Francesca Carson and have worked together since. The dynamic duo perform their tricks across America and have even appeared on the iconic Late Show with David Letterman.

Leopard 'Befriends' Impala: Unusual Predator - Prey Interaction Caught On Camera1m29s

Leopard 'Befriends' Impala: Unusual Predator - Prey Interaction Caught On Camera

Most impalas run for their lives at the sight of a leopard - but this plucky youngster seems determined to BEFRIEND one. The bizarre interaction filmed in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, sees the baby animal nuzzling the killer cat's nose and mouth as it lazes in a clearing. And even when the leopard starts playing a little rough, the newborn makes no attempt to leave - and even follows it around. The encounter was filmed by game ranger Estiaan Houy, 31, while out on safari with British and American guests.

Heavy Load: Huge 35 Tonne Whale Lifted Onto Truck2m22s

Heavy Load: Huge 35 Tonne Whale Lifted Onto Truck

A GIANT 35 ton whale carcass is lifted on to a removal truck after it was found floating near the coast of Almeria, Spain. The female adult fin whale, which was missing part of its tail stock, measured around 16 metres. Marine rescue organisation Equinac successfully moved the enormous creature with the help of the Coast Guard, the Almeria Port Authority, the Spanish Ministry of Environment and the local police. Biologist Alexander Sánchez, who works for the non-profit company, said that the huge mammal - which had likely been struck by a vessel - posed a danger to passing ships.

Flying Shark: Great White Breaches Off South Africa's Coast2m25s

Flying Shark: Great White Breaches Off South Africa's Coast

A MAGNIFICENT great white shark leaps from the water to take a chunk out of a would-be seal.These amazing full breaches were conceived using a foam rubber seal decoy – which is dragged behind a shark cage diving boat, as a way of enticing the hungry predator. Shot by filmmakers Mark van Coller and Morne Hardenberg in Cape Town, between June and August of 2013 and 2014, the footage demonstrates the frightening power and agility of the iconic animal. But achieving such incredible shots is only possible if the conditions are right.

Cute Puppy Shower: Rescued Pup Enjoys Bath Time1m47s

Cute Puppy Shower: Rescued Pup Enjoys Bath Time

This adorable puppy may be the most chilled canine on the planet as he blissfully settles into bath time. The two-week-old was close to death when he was found abandoned in a dumpster with his two sisters– but now it looks like his troubles are a million miles away. They were found by Dallas Animal Service and referred to the DFW Rescue Me animal shelter where volunteer Claire Fowler was tasked with looking after them.

Cute Polar Bear Cub Plays In The Snow For The First Time2m17s

Cute Polar Bear Cub Plays In The Snow For The First Time

After braving three months underground a mother polar bear shows her cub the outside world for the first time. Keen photographers Andre and Anita Gilden caught the extremely rare pictures after waiting more than four days in temperatures dipping to minus 40 degrees Celsius in Manitoba, Canada. Andre said: “When we arrived there were no paw prints around the den so we knew we would be catching the mother coming out with her cub for the first time. It was incredible – the little one still has a long way to go but his mother will be keeping a close eye on him. 

Instagram Pets: Cute Pups Rack Up 28,000 Online Followers4m21s

Instagram Pets: Cute Pups Rack Up 28,000 Online Followers

These nine 'teacup' dogs can count Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Charlotte Crosby amongst their 28,000 Instagram followers. The eight spoilt Chihuahuas and miniature Pomeranian are the beloved pets of nurse Abbie Sisson, 23, from Derbyshire, who has shelled out a whopping £25,000 on her pampered pooches. Snaps of the coddled canines show them modelling the latest doggy apparel, relaxing in their very own swimming pool and stretching out over four poster dog beds. The fancy pack consists of Chihuahuas Pixie, Kink, Sky, Murray, Maisy, Wendy, Lulu and Thelma, and petite Pomeranian, Dolly – who is thought to be the smallest of her breed in the UK, weighing just 3lbs.