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Herman The Scaredy Cat’s First Christmas: CUTE AS FLUFF1m42s

Herman The Scaredy Cat’s First Christmas: CUTE AS FLUFF

IT’S Herman The Scaredy Cat’s first Christmas - and he couldn’t look more grumpy about it. Earlier this year the ultimate scaredy cat stole the hearts of many around the world with his unique facial expressions. Herman, an exotic shorthair, was born with exceptionally big eyes - giving him a permanently startled expression. When he was younger, the kitten’s bulbous eyes were so big that he couldn’t close his eyelids - even when he was sleeping. And dressed as an elf, the fearful feline resembles the Grinch. Videographer / director: Shirley Nordenskiold Producer: Shannon Lane, Nick Johnson Editor: Marcus Cooper

Raising Eyebrows: Cute Cat Becomes Viral Sensation3m53s

Raising Eyebrows: Cute Cat Becomes Viral Sensation

FURROW-BROWED feline has taken the internet by storm - flashing his expressive eyebrows in adorable photos posted to Instagram. The curious-looking cat named Sam has racked up 150,000 Instagram followers and 530,000 likes on Facebook since bursting onto the scene in 2012. Owner Amanda Collado, 26, from New York, USA, has been handling the overwhelming amount of requests from fans and media for the past three years. 

Record Breaking Rabbits: Angora Bunnies Get Blow-Dried3m39s

Record Breaking Rabbits: Angora Bunnies Get Blow-Dried

BUNNY breeder Betty Chu is the proud owner of the world's furriest rabbits - whose hair can measure almost 15 INCHES long. The 70-year-old has dedicated the last 34 years to producing prize-winning English angora rabbits. She lives with 50 of them at her home in San Jose, California, and is so dedicated she hasn't holidayed with her husband since 1992.  She is the undisputed queen of the angora category, with countless best-in-show awards to her name. But she really hit headlines when her top rabbit Franchesca (ok) entered the Guinness Book of World Records last year as the rabbit with the longest hair in the world - measuring 14.37in.

Cute Fox Cubs Rescued By Wildlife Charity2m06s

Cute Fox Cubs Rescued By Wildlife Charity

A LITTER of adorable fox cubs were saved - after being dumped next to a bin in a car park. The newborns were found by a passerby who noticed a cardboard box sitting next to a clothing donation bin. The litter of five males and two females were discarded in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, USA, but are expected to survive. The babies - estimated to be 10 days old were taken to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Center in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Cute Pet Lamb Lives In New York City Apartment4m17s

Cute Pet Lamb Lives In New York City Apartment

Winter weary New Yorkers have been given a timely reminder that Spring has finally sprung. Smokey Da Lamb is turning heads in some of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods after chef Sandy Dee Hall, 34, and his girlfriend Maxine Cher, 24, adopted him. Smokey was born at Violet Hill Farm in upstate New York but was abandoned by his mother and would have likely died in the cold. Fortunately Sandy agreed to take him in when contacted by the farmer and Smokey was smuggled into his tiny apartment in the city’s Lower East Side. Smokey is bottle-fed three times a day and needs to be burped like a baby after he has had his formula. He needs regular baths and can only be washed with water so his fleece does not shrink.

Cute Baby Giraffe And Elephant Are Best Friends1m40s

Cute Baby Giraffe And Elephant Are Best Friends

A BABY giraffe and an infant elephant have become best friends after being rescued by a wildlife charity. Filmed in October, this heart warming footage shows Kiko, a one month old rescued giraffe, playing with fellow orphan Loboito – a boisterous three week old elephant calf. The pair are being cared for at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphanage in Nairobi National Park. Kiko, who was found abandoned in Kenya's Meru National Park, sleeps with the baby elephants as he is too small to sleep in the giraffe stable.

Cute 'Goldendoodle' Dog Becomes An Instagram Star1m12s

Cute 'Goldendoodle' Dog Becomes An Instagram Star

AN ADORABLE 'Goldendoodle' would be at home on the catwalk - as it dresses up in array of human outfits. Stylish pooch Oliver, a poodle and Golden Retriever cross, has more than 52,000 Instagram followers. And as well as his fashion forward ensembles, Oliver also has some fun with fancy dress. The pooch has posed with Kermit the Frog as Muppet character Fozzie Bear, and wore a fake snout when he transformed into 80s sitcom star Alf the alien.

New Cat Breeds: Meet the Hairless SphynxieBob And BamBob3m02s

New Cat Breeds: Meet the Hairless SphynxieBob And BamBob

CAT lover April Arguin is presenting two new cat breeds to the world for the first time - the SPHYNXIEBOB and the BAMBOB. The SphynxieBob is a Sphynx and Bobtail cat mix, and the BamBob is a cross between a Bambino cat and Bobtail cat. April, who runs Lil Nudists Cattery, has spent three years researching the breeds and is now trying to get them recognized by the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry. 

45 Whales Die After Being Stranded On Beach in Tamil1m37s

45 Whales Die After Being Stranded On Beach in Tamil

45 whales have died after they became stranded on a beach in India. A further 36 whales are said to have been saved by a combined rescue attempt between officials and fishermen to drag them back into the ocean. A similar incident last happened on the same beach in 1973 when 147 whales died. Videographer / Director: M.Sudalaikumar Kumar Producer: Kanika Dhupar

Ultimate Cat Lady: Woman Shares Her Home With 1,100 Felines4m11s

Ultimate Cat Lady: Woman Shares Her Home With 1,100 Felines

A caring cat lady has given up her 4,200 square foot home to more than a thousand felines. Sixty-seven-year-old Lynea Lattanzio now lives in a trailer on her six acre property and allows the cats to run freely through the five bedroom house. Today she runs Cat House On The Kings which is California’s largest no-cage, no kill sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats. Lynea and her team of volunteers care for about 800 adult cats and 300 kittens. The team starts feedings at the shelter at 4 am and they also give medical attention to critically ill cats. To learn more about adoptions at Cat House On The Kings visit http://www.cathouseonthekings.com  This is one interesting lady. We have heard of the stereotypical cat lady before, but this has taken that stereotype over the top! Over 1100 felines is insane! At least all these cats have a good home and will be happy and safe! Having that many cats require a whole lot of cat food! She spends a a whole lot on those cats alone! Over a million dollars a year, that is crazy! If she ever runs out of the food, she could always buy some more cat food from Amazon! Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Samantha Grillo, Nick Johnson Editor: Ian Phillips

Hairstyle Dog: Fashionable Pooch Becomes Instagram Sensation1m29s

Hairstyle Dog: Fashionable Pooch Becomes Instagram Sensation

SPORTING everything from plaits to flower crowns and messy buns, this Japanese dog's hairstyles put the average It Girl to shame. Kuma, a Shih Tzu and Pekingese cross, has racked up more than 18,500 followers on her Instagram page which showcases her luscious locks. Owner Yuki said: “I do Kuma’s hair on my own, it’s an original style. I get inspiration for the hairstyles from the internet.  "I originally saw a picture of a western model and I liked her hair so I just copied the style.” Yuki’s Instagram account is completely dedicated to her furry friend - and the pup is an absolute natural in front of the camera.  Videographer / Director: Damon Coulter Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson Editor: Ian Phillips, Sonia Estal

Great White Shark Breaches Caught On Camera1m21s

Great White Shark Breaches Caught On Camera

DRAMATIC underwater footage captures the moment a Great White shark turns into a real-life Jaws – jumping out of the water to ravage tuna bait. Known as ‘breaching’, the predatory behaviour mirrors the instinctive moves made when sharks attacks seals. The footage was shot by cinematographer Elke Specker during a five day trip to Guadalupe island, Mexico – a well known breeding ground for the fearsome shark. The filmmakers’ persistence paid off as the 15ft, 3,500 pound male leapt majestically in full view of the cameras. The dive marked Specker’s first time first time being up close and personal with a Great White – the largest predatory shark in existence. Videographer / Director: Elke Specker Producer: Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Sam The Painting Dog aka The Doggy Da Vinci35s

Sam The Painting Dog aka The Doggy Da Vinci

Sam the painting dog. Holding his brush like an old master, Sam the painting dog is the Leonardo Da Vinci of the canine art world. Using the lush surroundings of his home town of Eastern Shore, Maryland as his muse, Sam's paintings are attracting a loyal art world following. Selling for up to $1700 for an individual work, Sam has put his brush to 22 different canvases. Using his tailor made paintbrush, which he holds in his mouth, Sam approaches the blank 16inch by 20-inch canvas with his mind made up to make some modern art.

Home Made Remote-Controlled Camera Captures Animals Close Up2m02s

Home Made Remote-Controlled Camera Captures Animals Close Up

Meet BeetleCam - the amazing homemade gadget that allowed two British brothers to venture into a real lions' den and bring you these stunning images of Africa's most dangerous wildlife. The spectacular closeups of lion prides, elephant herds and huge cape buffalo's were all made possible by the cute remote-controlled gizmo who trundled around the roughly-terrained bush on oversized rubber wheels. Brothers Matthew Burrard-Lucas, 20, a student, and William, 26, a wildlife photographer, both from London, constructed BeetleCam last year in their garage and fitted the groundbreaking contraption with a camera. For two weeks in August they let their electronic camouflaged companion loose in the wilds of remote Katavi National Park, South-West Tanzania, and got incredible results. During their excursion tough BeetleCam was almost completely destroyed by a lion but was repaired by the brothers using some bush DIY.

Orphaned Elephant Calves Have Human Baby Handlers2m32s

Orphaned Elephant Calves Have Human Baby Handlers

These adorable youngsters have found unlikely friends in orphaned elephant calves. Rescued from a forest last year, the one-year-old elephants now live in Vandular zoo in southern India where they are cared for by a team of mahouts and their children. The youngsters are carried home from school on the elephant's backs, shower together, play football and even sleep curled up with them. Zoo staff believe without this friendship and love the orphaned elephants would have died soon after being rescued.

This Big Cat Likes To Play Soccer3m15s

This Big Cat Likes To Play Soccer

For South Africa, 2010 was the year of soccer, something even the animals at the Johannesburg ZOO had felt. The animal that was most excited about the World Cup was Triton, their white lion, who could be seen running around the enclosure with a soccer ball, at the amazement of visitors. "This year, being 2010, we just thought it would be a good idea to do a soccer-themed behaviour enrichment programme," said the zoo's brand and communications manager, Letta Madlala. "[The programme] is not something new; it's just the angle that's befitting at this point in time." Triton might have been the most excited about playing with the balls, but the female lions held their own competition. Children and adults alike were enthralled with the vigorous display of agility; even the zookeepers were enchanted. White lions are uncommon, even in the wild; the Joburg Zoo was the first to breed a white lion cub. Most white lions found in other zoos originate from the Joburg zoo, which highlights the importance of conservation. White lions are not albinos - their coloring is a genetic mutation. They are a genetic color mutation of African lions native to the Timbavati area, although all but one pride has existed solely in captivity since their first natural wildlife reintroduction in 2009.

Mother Elephant Tries To Rouse Her Unconscious Calf2m05s

Mother Elephant Tries To Rouse Her Unconscious Calf

A DISTRESSED elephant tries to protect her unconscious baby in a heartbreaking display of motherly love. The dramatic footage shows a calf being darted by a compassionate veterinary team after it was injured by a poacher's snare. The traumatic scenes took place at the Olaro Motorogi Conservancy in South West Kenya, after a call came through reporting a calf dragging a snare on his hind leg. But when the SkyVets from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service tried to treat the two-year-old, the protective mother tried to rouse her baby from the anaesthetic - before also being darted to ensure her parental instincts did not interfere with the rescue effort. Videographer / Director: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Producer: Mak Hodge, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal

Diver Puts Shark In Trance To Remove Hook From Mouth1m56s

Diver Puts Shark In Trance To Remove Hook From Mouth

A BRAVE diver puts his hands next to the mouth of a dusky shark to remove a hook - after first hypnotising the predator. The footage, which was filmed in Jupiter, Florida, shows experienced diver Michael Dornellas, 32, coming to the aid of the shark. Using a technique called tonic immobility, he puts the 10ft shark under a type of hypnosis - allowing him to remove the hook from its mouth. Describing his experience with sharks, Dornellas said: “It is never 100% safe, nothing guarantees your safety when you’re swimming with predators." In Florida it is common for sharks to be found with hooks in their mouths due to fishermen catching them for sport then releasing them with the hook still intact. Videographer / Director: Speared Apparel Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson Editor: Kyle Waters

Insta Spider: ‘Cute' Tarantula Dresses Up For Tumblr4m11s

Insta Spider: ‘Cute' Tarantula Dresses Up For Tumblr

MEET Pandora, the furry TARANTULA taking social media by storm. Cassandra Tainsh poses her Chilean Rose tarantula in an array of hats and scenes and her one eight-legged pet is simultaneously delighting and frightening followers. The 23-year-old account manager from Leeds then posts pictures of the spider shopping at a supermarket, trying on hats and skateboarding to social media. Unbelievably, just a few years ago Cassie was terrified of spiders and shivered at the sight of the hairy creatures. But now she has nineteen tarantulas that live in tanks around her room – side by side with 23 snakes. Videographer / Director: Jonathan Pow Producer: Rebecca Lewis, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal, Ian Phillips

Swimming With A Wild Polar Bear Family2m32s

Swimming With A Wild Polar Bear Family

A VETERAN explorer captured the amazing moment a mother polar bear taught her cubs to swim. Amos Nachoum, 65, came face to face with the apex predator whilst diving off the coast of north-east Canada in August. Amos attempted to take a similar set of pictures ten years ago with a single, male polar bear. Unfortunately the bear perceived him as a threat and chased Amos to a depth of 75 feet. Amos has previously taken up close, underwater pictures of Nile crocodiles, anacondas, leopard seals, orcas, great white sharks and grizzly bears. Videographer / director: Amos Nachoum Producer: Nick Johnson Editor: Kyle Waters

Adorable Newborn Rhino Rescued After Being Abandoned By Its Mother2m02s

Adorable Newborn Rhino Rescued After Being Abandoned By Its Mother

A baby rhino abandoned as a newborn due to a case of mistaken identity was saved by a local rescue team. The rhino, now one month old, lives with the team at Aquila Rescue Centre, who have developed an 18 month plan to reintroduce him into the wild. Looking after the young calf is a full-time occupation, with the baby needing to be fed every two hours. He has also be assigned a mentor to teach him how to graze, something his mother would have done.  Videographer / director: Divan Grobler Producer: Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

World’s Largest Shark: 7-Metre-Long ‘Deep Blue’ Believed To Be Biggest Ever2m11s

World’s Largest Shark: 7-Metre-Long ‘Deep Blue’ Believed To Be Biggest Ever

Unseen footage of what experts believe is the biggest great white shark ever caught on camera has been released. The seven meter-long female known as Deep Blue stunned the world last year when video was unveiled of it dwarfing cage divers off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Now, diving enthusiast Michael Maier, 48, has released even more eye-catching clips of the giant female feeding on bait and inquisitively circling divers. Deep Blue, who is estimated to be at least 50 years old, was filmed by Michael in November 2013 - but these latest files were previously unseen. The seasoned diver released even more eye-catching clips of the giant shark as it was feeding on a bait and circling the divers in a cage. “When we entered the water we had to wait because there was nothing to see. All of a sudden out of the deep blue, there she came. We realized almost immediately that she was very big.” says Michael. “She was very calm and not at all nervous and was circling us. She was very interested and was looking at us. During the circles we realized just how big she was - she must have been something like seven meters long. Everything was very well prepared. The whole team felt safe.” The salesman from the Cologne area also described Deep Blue as graceful, rather than scary. He admitted that he loves that, no matter Deep Blue's massive force, it was quiet and beautiful to be with her in the water. Videographer / director: Michael Maier Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal, Ian Phillips

Doggy Paddle: Hulk’s Adorable Pit Bull Puppies Learn To Swim2m43s

Doggy Paddle: Hulk’s Adorable Pit Bull Puppies Learn To Swim

THIS is the adorable moment a tiny pit bull puppy learned to swim in a bathtub. The four-week-old male named Tigger is captured on camera shyly taking to the warm water and learning to float. As he is lifted out his natural instinct to paddle continues for ten seconds while his paws drip dry and he quietly stares into the camera. The puppy and his siblings are being trained to swim by their owner Marlon Grennan of Dark Dynasty K9s, in New Hampshire, USA. Videographer / Director: Marlon Grennan Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson Editor: Ian Phillips, Joshua Douglas

Scaredy Cat: Buffalo Foils Lion Attack By Puncturing Tyre1m32s

Scaredy Cat: Buffalo Foils Lion Attack By Puncturing Tyre

HAVING already flipped one lion, a never-say-die buffalo found an ingenious way to shake off its second attacker - by using its horns to puncture a car tyre. The resulting loud release of air was enough to scare away the big cat, forcing it to release its vice-like grip and flee. The buffalo was targeted by a pair of male lions but had already managed to dispatch the first one by flipping him into the air with its horns, leaving the lion with a gaping leg wound. The dramatic scene unfolded in front of cars full of tourists in Kruger National Park, South Africa - where it was caught on video by Hannes van Aswegen and photographed by Gerda Niemann.  Videographer / director: Greatstock Producer: Jack Flanagan, Nick Johnson Editor: Ian Phillips, Joshua Douglas

Hidden Camera-trap Captures Rare Pictures Of Elusive African Animals2m49s

Hidden Camera-trap Captures Rare Pictures Of Elusive African Animals

A BRITISH wildlife photographer has captured close-up images of some of the world’s most elusive carnivores. With a combination of camera traps - and a lot of patience and planning - Will Burrard-Lucas managed to capture hyenas, lions, and leopards in the Namibia region of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). Will undertook the three month assignment in the summer of 2015 for World Wildlife Federation (WWF), with an aim to obtain high-quality images of elusive animals, some of which having only ever been photographed on research cameras.  Videographer / director: Will Burrard-Lucas Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas