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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.

Big Predator Cat Befriends Impala In Wilderness1m29s

Big Predator Cat Befriends Impala In Wilderness

The wild wild world outside our door is full of wonders. You can’t predict someone’s actions any more than you can predict the weather. It just doesn’t happen. The inner workings of the mind are off limits to us humans, and this applies to anything walking and breathing on this earth. That is why this footage is so precious. Most impalas run for their lives at the sight of a leopard - but this plucky youngster seems determined to befriend one. It shows no fear and it braves the wrath of the fierce cat. 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. If we’d have anything to compare it to, we’d say that it looks as though these two are acting like two siblings. The older brother isn’t too fond of its little sister’s pestering and is quite vocal about it, but the youngster is having none of it. Friendships like this one are very far and inbetween in the wilderness, making this footage very precious. The encounter was filmed by game ranger Estiaan Houy, 31, while out on safari with British and American guests. Don’t you just wish you’d have been there witnessing this first-hand? Absolutely breathtaking!

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.

Great White Shark Breaches Off South Africa's Coast2m25s

Great White Shark Breaches Off South Africa's Coast

Sharks are one of the most dangerous animals on this planet. Whenever we go to the beach and try to get our soak on and enjoy the sum and the big blue waters, there is always this very important factor to remember, that sharks do exist and they are very very vicious creatures. For some of us however adrenaline seem to be one of our favorite things and we usually go out of our way to seek for it. The main issue here is that sharks are not that keen to anyone else coming to their territories unless its a fish which they enjoy for breakfast. 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. In this video in particular we have the great luck of experiencing the great power of sharks. The powerful way of their movement when they hunt, the scary look of their appearance, let alone how plain scary they look. Ether way, they cant get you through the screen, so go ahead and take a look at this video as it will show you how dangerous sharks can really be. Enjoy!

Rescued Pup Blissfully Enjoys His First Shower1m47s

Rescued Pup Blissfully Enjoys His First Shower

When it comes to bath time, the dogs are divided. They either love it to the moon and back, or refuse to be associated with the stuff. But one tiny little pup seems to really be enjoying his first puppy shower, in the hands of the good people who rescued him from certain death. The two-week-old was found abandoned in a dumpster with his two sisters, but now it looks like his troubles are a million miles away. The small litter was found by Dallas Animal Service and referred to the DFW Rescue Me animal shelter, where volunteer Claire Fowler was tasked with looking after the babies. The 21-year-old student said: “The little guys need round-the-clock care – they can’t use the restroom by themselves or even regulate their own body temperature. I do everything for them and they need to be fed every couple of hours.” When asked for what made her decide to film this glorious moment of blissful nirvana, Claire said: “I decided to film him in the bath because he was enjoying it so much and I really wanted to capture it. He just looked so content.” She adds that his sisters don’t enjoy bath time as much, but it still has to be done. None of the babes have names yet because they are still so young, but Clair is certain they will all get strong names. This little brown dude will definitely not grow up to be like the Great Dane, who did everything in her power to stay dirty .

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.

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. 

These Bunnies Have Never Had A Bad Hare Day3m39s

These Bunnies Have Never Had A Bad Hare Day

A bunny breeded from California is the proud owner of the world’s furriest rabbits. Their fur can reach lengths of almost 15 inches in length! Betty Chu, a former professor of economics has been dedicated to breeding the fluffy bunnies for 34 years to produce prize-winning English angora rabbits. The 70-year-old retired professor from San Jose State University was introduced to the breed via a friend and she fell in love with them immediately. Today, she and her husband share their home in San Jose, California with 50 English and French angora rabbits. Betty, who is part of the Northern California Angora Guild, competes at up to 50 shows a year. The undisputed queen of the angora category has won countless best-in-show awards. But she made headlines when her best bunny Franchesca was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest fur in the world, measuring 14.37 inches. The bunnies all have an extensive beauty regime to keep them in shape for the rabbit show circuit. Still, Betty says that there is a lot to get you there. "You need to have the right genetics; not all angora rabbits have the ability to grow and maintain a long coat,” says the dedicated breeder. "Next you need to take very good care. The owner needs to be very vigilant in keeping the rabbit well-maintained and in good condition.” Francheska might be a pageant queen, but even they need to leave offspring at some point in their lives. And when her boyfriend couldn’t find Francesca's “hidden treasure” under her luscious coat, Betty had to give her a haircut. She uses the fur to make scarves and mitten, which she sells at shows.

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

This Woman Shares Her Home With 1,100 Felines4m11s

This 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. She started fostering cats in 1992 and acquired 96 by the end of the year - successfully rehoming all of them. In 1993 she became a veterinary technician to help keep the animals’ medical costs down and the number of cats continued to grow. 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