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Reptile-loving Dad Lets His Children Play with a 19-foot Python4m27s

Reptile-loving Dad Lets His Children Play with a 19-foot Python

A FATHER allows his three young children to play with his 19ft reticulated python and huge lizard collection. Eric LeBlanc is a reptile enthusiast who owns hundreds of lizards and snakes.  He recently had to move dozens of the apex predators into his home when a fire at his reptile store killed some of his animals and injured many more. Despite the danger the animals could pose he has no problem allowing his three children Erica, three, Larry, four, and Katie, seven, to handle them. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Dan Howlett, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal

Caught On Camera: Python Devours Goat Whole1m23s

Caught On Camera: Python Devours Goat Whole

A MASSIVE python devours a full size goat after sneaking into the village of Garkhuta in West Bengal, India. The astonishing feat of digestion was caught on camera near Sonakhali Reserve Forest by photographer Roni Choudhury. The giant snake, estimated to be up to 10ft long, can be seen steadily stretching its mouth around the goat's lifeless body.

Lion Vs. Hippo: Mother Defends Calf From Lion Attack1m33s

Lion Vs. Hippo: Mother Defends Calf From Lion Attack

The tables are turned on a lion as it attempts to hunt a hippo in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. After bringing down the young hippo calf, the calf’s mother returned to chase off the lion. The lions left without a meal and dented pride, the hippo appeared to not show signs of any serious injury.

Elephant Attack: Circus Animal Lifts Car Off The Ground1m44s

Elephant Attack: Circus Animal Lifts Car Off The Ground

Loose circus elephant smashes a car and terrifies holidaymakers after being beaten by a handler. This video was filmed in Danish beach town Karrebaeksminde and the shocking footage was captured by Norwegian car salesman tourist Oddmar Nygard, 48, on July 11 who was on a holiday with his family. Three elephants become agitated after being bathed in the sea in front of a large crowd. The bathing of elephants in the sea is an annual tradition which is popular with the locals. When circus workers started to lose control, the huge beasts approached onlookers. One of the animals seems very distressed and shows rage after being struck with a metal crowbar by one of the keepers. This rampaging circus elephant smashes a car and terrifies holidaymakers after appearing to be beaten by a handler. The angry animal shows incredible display of brute strength, and lifts up a Skoda Fabia with its tusks. This elephant puts very little effort to push the vehicle up, which shows his amazing strength. “There were many cars and a lot of people in the street, the elephants probably got a bit stressed by this”, says Oddmar. Obviously the elephant got somehow irritated after being hit and started going after the vehicle. When the car owner tried to reach his car, circus staff stopped him as car windows started to crush and there was a lot of damage in the front of the car. Many of the witnesses were scared when the situation escalated, even the circus staff, as the animal was out of control. Elephants are massive creatures and nobody knows what they are capable to do when they are distressed.

Caught On Camera: Leopard Attacks Safari Guide1m27s

Caught On Camera: Leopard Attacks Safari Guide

A BRITISH safari guide has been hospitalised after a leopard attacked him in the open-top jeep he was travelling in. Curtis Plumb, 38, was bitten and clawed in the arm after the predator launched itself at his vehicle in Kruger National Park, South Africa. The mauling just after 1pm on Thursday was caught on camera by tourists, who watched the horrifying incident unfold before their eyes. Eyewitness accounts say Mr Plumb stopped his vehicle full of tourists to watch the big cat when it suddenly attacked. In the chaos that followed, the safari vehicle and another car in the convoy both ran over the leopard with their wheels. In a statement William Mambasa, general manager of Kruger National Park, thanked the tourist from the other vehicle for saving the guide and tourists’ lives. Mr Plumb, who has been working as a guide for four years after moving to South Africa from the United Kingdom, was taken to hospital for immediate surgery. He is said to be in a stable condition. The injured leopard was put down after the incident, which comes just a month after a lion mauled 22-year-old American tourist Katherine Chappell to death in a predator park in South Africa.

9 Foot Bull Shark Spotted In Florida Backyard1m19s

9 Foot Bull Shark Spotted In Florida Backyard

This unsettling video footage shows a shark prowling in the backyard of one stunned Florida resident’s home. Dick Frey, 69, shot the frightening footage two weeks ago from his home in Bonita Springs. In the video, the nine foot bull shark is spotted swimming close to the docks through the channel just outside his building. It was a sunny morning when this elderly man decided to have his first coffee just outside in his backyard, when he suddenly noticed something strange in the waters. Soon, he realized in shock that it's a giant shark, curiously wandering around. The man was quick to shoot all of this on camera, even though we're sure he was terrified by the sight. As much as sharks are scary, they are pretty simple creatures that do not want much to do anything with humans. They are a valuable animal that is part of the oceans ecosystem and without them, the balance of the ocean would be in dismay. Have you ever seen one of these sharks before? What would your reaction be if you saw one of these? We would love to hear your opinion so please do not hesitate to leave a comment! Please share this video with your family and friends as it will surely shock them. This is one clip that no one should miss!

40-tonne Humpback Rocks A Boat1m56s

40-tonne Humpback Rocks A Boat

TWO 40 tonne humpback whales put on a show to remember for the inhabitants of this small boat - at one point coming so close that they accidentally collided with it. The incredible once-in-a-lifetime encounter was captured on camera by professional nature photographer Craig Parry off the coast of Byron Bay, Australia, where he was whale watching with his father. The marine giants were in playful mood, circling the small boat for around 90 minutes and ‘spyhopping’ - peeking their head out of the water to get a closer look at their surroundings. But it wasn’t all plain sailing - during the course of their revels, one of the whales collided with the front of the boat, lifting it up in the water and giving Craig and his dad a fright. Videographer / director: Craig Parry Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal, Ian Phillips

Hunchback Hound Quasimodo Thinks He Is Casanova And Steals Everyone’s Hearts3m28s

Hunchback Hound Quasimodo Thinks He Is Casanova And Steals Everyone’s Hearts

Quasimodo, a purebred German shepherd with short spine syndrome, is gaining fans online with his story. Named after the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" character, Quasi is one of only 13 known dogs in the world with short spine syndrome, a genetic condition, according to Secondhand Hounds. Quasi is missing a couple of vertebra in his back, but that is not causing him pain. His back cannot be surgically repaired and he is unable to turn his head, but otherwise his condition doesn't affect his day-to-day activities. The dog was taken in by Secondhand Hounds, animal shelter in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Rachel Mairose from Secondhand Hounds says that he is goofy and likes girl dogs, he thinks he is Casanova not Quasimodo, everyone who meets him falls in love with him almost immediately. Rachel is confident that he is not in pain and does not need to be euthanized, he can do most things that a normal dog can do, with just a few limitations. Four-year-old Quasimodo was discovered as a stray dog in Kentucky and it took authorities five days to catch him. Now he is enjoying his new life at his home in Secondhand Hounds in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA. Secondhand Hounds, which has rescued almost 10,000 dogs since opening in 2009, has received more than ​1,200 offers to adopt Quasimodo full-time. Thanks to his Facebook page Quasimodo has become a global celebrity with nearly 100,000 likes. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/quasithegreat/ or http://secondhandhounds.org/ Videographer / director: Jeffrey Fuchs Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips

Cute Cub Kindergarten: Tigers’ Unusual Friends3m27s

Cute Cub Kindergarten: Tigers’ Unusual Friends

A PLAYFUL group of baby animals enjoy a spot of rough and tumble at a Florida zoo. Kangaroos, tigers and gibbons would never form friendships with one another in the wild, but at Dade City's Wild Things, the baby animals are encouraged to interact. From feeding to changing nappies, zoo director Kathy Stearns and her team are kept busy looking after their adopted fur children. Like all babies, the animals demand a lot of affection, but as well as competing for Kathy’s attention, they are equally happy playing with each other.Unlike animals raised in the wild, animals born in captivity don’t have the same survival instinct that turns them into dangerous hunters. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson Editor: Ian Phillips

Dumbo Drain Rescue For Young Elephant1m17s

Dumbo Drain Rescue For Young Elephant

A BABY bull elephant has been rescued after falling into a well at a copper mine. Video footage shows staff at the Phalaborwa Copper mine in South Africa’s Limpopo Province franticly pull the calf out of a small dam of water on February 16. The visibly stressed elephant is eventually pulled out of the well by the heroic staff members. It is believed the calf may have fallen into the well and been left by its herd after it couldn’t escape. Videographer / director: HESC Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips

Feline Fine: New Home For Abandoned Moustache Cat1m43s

Feline Fine: New Home For Abandoned Moustache Cat

THIS abandoned kitten is feline fine after her adorable moustache led to her being adopted in a week. Sally Ann was abandoned in a Salvation Army donation bin late last month but came to national attention because of her unusual facial marking. The Salvation Army immediately contacted The Cat House on the Kings animal shelter in northern California who made sure she was in tip-top health. Once the cute kitty was spayed and thoroughly checked over she went to start her new life with Mike and Sue Salvador who first saw her when she appeared on the news. Videographer /director: Beth Caffrey Producer: Dan Howlett, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal, Kyle Waters

Ringo The Rescued Rhino Star Loves Being A Diva2m57s

Ringo The Rescued Rhino Star Loves Being A Diva

AN ABANDONED baby rhino is now thriving after being rescued at a wildlife conservancy. Five-month-old Ringo - now named after Beatles drummer Ringo Starr - was rejected by his mother and found collapsed when nearly two-weeks-old, by staff at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The southern white rhino was born in October to first-time mum, Curra, but after she failed to feed him, staff at the conservancy came to the rescue. Ringo, who was severely dehydrated, also had a medical condition and was underweight, but he was nursed back to health by a specialist team. Now boisterous Ringo enjoys nothing more than a gum boot massage, a stroll through the park and tucking into oats and milk. Videographer / director: Camilla Le May Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson

Best of Barcroft Animals 20162m44s

Best of Barcroft Animals 2016

ANIMALS are so loved here at Barcroft TV that, in 2016, we decided to give them their very own channel! And what a year it has turned out to be - from exploring the talents of Hulk’s pit bull son Kobe, to showcasing the most colossal family pets including a 1400lb bear - Barcroft Animals has certainly lived up to expectations. We successfully launched our first-ever live broadcasts with safariLIVE - documenting the great migration from the Mara Triangle - and Barcroft Animals had soon amassed more than 12.5 million views. We want to say a big thank you for tuning in throughout the year and look forward to delivering more incredible animal content in 2017. Producer: Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

The Only Man In The World Who Can Swim With A Polar Bear: Grizzly Man2m07s

The Only Man In The World Who Can Swim With A Polar Bear: Grizzly Man

Grizzly man Mark Dumas, 60, is the only man in the world that can swim with a polar bear. The fearless polar bear handler from Abbotsford, British Columbia, regularly goes for a dip in his swimming pool with 16-year-old female polar bear Agee, and the pair enjoy a watery cuddle together. Grizzly Man Mark and wife Dawn, 60, train the 60-stone (800lb) friendly polar bear - the world's largest land predator - to star in high-budget TV adverts. Agee has also performed in movies like 'Alaska' in 1995 when she was just a few weeks old. With his incredibly intimate bond Grizzly Man Mark wrestles on the grass with Agee, kisses her, puts his head in the polar bear's huge jaws, and even bear hugs her as she rears up on her hind legs to over seven feet. Mark and Dawn have owned Agee since she was six weeks old and the now colossal bear lived in their home as a cub where she played with the family dogs and was bottle fed. "If anyone else tried this they would end up as Agee's dinner," Mark says. "The only people in the whole world she likes are me and my wife. I have worked with bears in this way for over 40 years, so I can read Agee's body language and know how to behave safely around her. But Agee is the boss and it's her rules that count."

Giant Pit Bull Hulk's $500,000 Puppy Litter4m17s

Giant Pit Bull Hulk's $500,000 Puppy Litter

THE world's biggest pit bull cuddles up to his adorable new litter - valued at a whopping half-a-million dollars. The eight puppies were fathered by gentle giant Hulk, who weighs in at a huge 12 stone. And even though his owners say his bite could 'snap a man's arm like a toothpick', here he shows off his softer side by nuzzling and licking his new brood. The eight pups could collectively command $500,000 (£320,000) if they go through owner Marlon Grennan’s training school to become elite protection dogs. And there are even hopes one of the new batch could one day grow big enough to steal their father's crown. Hulk, who made international headlines when he was unveiled earlier this year, has also been in training to become a protection dog at Dark Dynasty K9s in New Hampshire, USA. The business supplies protection dogs to high-profile celebrities, billionaires and wealthy professionals - as well as law enforcement around the world.

Meet The Giant 175lb Family Pit Bull4m47s

Meet The Giant 175lb Family Pit Bull

In this world, there are some very unique creatures. Although dogs are not unique animals and are actually very common, there are some dogs that are unique due to their size and breed. It seems that the dog in this clip is one of those dogs! Meet Hulk, a 175lb Pit Bull. The dog is massive in it's structure and is the literal definition of a scary guard dog. In fact, the dog is training to be a guard dog and can be quite viscous when he needs too. But despite being a banned breed in the UK, the breeders of the dog say monster dog is 100 per cent trusted with their young son. Despite the lethal potential and the couple's many other dogs, three-year-old boy has grown up with them within arm's reach.  The couple's company Dark Dynasty K9s supplies animals to high-profile celebrities, billionaires and wealthy professionals - as well as law enforcement around the world. They are trained to have 'no fear' and some specialist dogs can even run up the side of fences and walls to reach second-floor windows. Many their dogs share their house on a sprawling 150-acre ranch in New Hampshire, USA. The dogs include more than a dozen highly trained pit bulls - and a single chihuahua. Please share this video with your family and friends as the sheer size of the dog will surely leave them in awe!

We’re Going On A Bear Hike: BEAST BUDDIES6m57s

We’re Going On A Bear Hike: BEAST BUDDIES

FORMER biologist Joel Rosenthal has achieved a lifelong dream - by regularly hiking with his pet bears through the wilderness. At Point of View Farm in West Virginia, 74-year-old Joel lives with five black bears and can go months on end without seeing another human being. Joel has been rescuing wild bears for the past seven years, raising them inside his house and protecting them in hunting season. And now, he has developed such a close relationship with the animals, he can regularly take them for hikes in the forest, hand-feed them and sleep in their enclosures. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: Ian Phillips

White Rhino Vs Black Rhino In Rare Face-Off: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m44s

White Rhino Vs Black Rhino In Rare Face-Off: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

CAPTURED on camera, the extraordinary moment a black rhino and a white rhino go head to head in a battle for territory. The rare footage was shot by senior field guide Wayne Howarth in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa during an evening game drive looking for a pride of lions. Both species are found in sub-Saharan Africa but are rarely seen together due to their different diets. Videographer / director: Wayne Howarth Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal, Joshua Douglas

Smiling Dog Is New York’s Happiest Hound2m19s

Smiling Dog Is New York’s Happiest Hound

Twelve years ago one special terrier was rescued from the streets of New York, and has been expressing his happiness - by SMILING. Brinks the Pit Bull has a remarkable habit of smiling exactly like a human. Owner, Jon Bozak noticed this pooch's rare talent the moment he first met him. Jon said: “I think I first discovered brinks could smile the very first day I found him. I’d thrown him in the car and he got into the front seat and just kind of made himself at home. I really didn’t want to get a second dog, but as soon as I saw him smiling at the world passing by my car, it pretty much was a non-decision. The best decision I made.” Jon spent the next two months putting up thousands of “found dog” signs around the city to no avail. So he decided to make Brinks a permanent member of his family and many years later, Brinks is showing his appreciation by revealing his pearly whites. Jon, who works as a creative projects director, says that the dog isn't like a clown, walking through life and smiling goofily, but he does have the smile-like expression on his face constantly. Videographer / director: Jon Bozak Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Hundreds of Dolphins Form Rare Superpod: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m39s

Hundreds of Dolphins Form Rare Superpod: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

Oceans boil with hundreds of graceful dolphins as they combine families to form rare superpods. As social creatures, dolphins live in pods and family groups - which usually contain between two and 40 members - but sometimes they will form larger pods with hundreds or even thousands of dolphins. Wildlife videographer Patrick Dykstra was lucky enough to track down these superpods while sailing in California and then again in Sri Lanka. Videographer / director: Patrick Dykstra Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Lion Cub and Otter Are Best Friends: BEAST BUDDIES2m26s

Lion Cub and Otter Are Best Friends: BEAST BUDDIES

An unusual friendship has formed between a playful otter and a mischievous LION. Petite Annel Snyman has raised a lion and otter in her house – and now they are best friends. 34-year-old Annel runs Loebies Guesthouse and Predator Park in the Limpopo Province of South Africa – home to everything from lions and leopards to hyenas and meerkats. And in addition to her amazing interactions with the colossal animals, a fascinating friendship has developed on site between her pet lion Kumari and pet otter Moses. Kumari was born earlier this year from an adult lioness and Annel is keeping a close eye on the first-born lioness. She used to live in a nursery in Annel’s house, but now that she’s bigger, she gets to roam outside and play. The two furry friends follow each other around and seem to really enjoy causing mischief. Annel expects Kumari to keep playing with Moses even after she’s way bigger. Videographer / director: Annel Snyman Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: Dan Cousins

Horse And Baboon Are Animal Best Friends1m28s

Horse And Baboon Are Animal Best Friends

BABOONS horse around on the back of a tame steed as it tries to relax in the sun. The troop of baboons groomed the four-legged creature like it was one of their own and even jumped and somersaulted off the horse’s back like it was a trampoline. Docile Jericho welcomed the unlikely attention and allowed the apes to play without complaint. The bizarre scenes were spotted at the Eden Monkeyland and Birds of Eden near Plettenberg Bay, in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Brave Mongoose Fends Off Four Lions While They Try To Attack 1m04s

Brave Mongoose Fends Off Four Lions While They Try To Attack

Everyone has to eat to survive and these four lions are ready to attack their next meal, a mongoose. What we expect to be a quick kill, turned out to be a much harder task for the lions. This mongoose wasn't going to give up with out a fight. Four lions were left with their tails between their legs when a mongoose bravely took on the predators. The mongoose may be under two feet tall, but that doesn't stop it, it is ready to fight. The aggressive mongoose growled at the felines and even bit one at the nose, this is one brave mongoose! The shocking fight, which was photographed in 2011 but has just been released, began in the Masaai Mara National Park, Kenya, when photographer Jerome Guillaumot came across four young lions surrounding the terrified marsh mongoose. The lions chased the mongoose into a hole in the ground, but the mongoose wasn't done with it's fight. It came back out and fought the predators once again before running for cover, amazing! For more information, visit http://www.wild-dog.fr/en Check out this video of a brave mongoose fighting for its life! Have you ever seen prey fighting back against their predators? Let us know in the comment section down below!

Spectacular Whale And Dolphin Migration Caught On Camera2m11s

Spectacular Whale And Dolphin Migration Caught On Camera

Humpback whales leap into the air and a huge pod of dolphins surround a small boat as a wildlife cameraman enjoys a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The incredible footage was captured off the coast of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, by Silke Schimpf, 45, as she attempted to film some of the 2,000 whales that make their annual migration from Antarctica to the southern tip of the continent. The two enormous animals leapt into the air, spraying sea water onto the photographer and glistening in the sun’s rays. The dream trip continued when she was surrounded by a huge pod of dolphins.

Leopard Attack: Antelope Narrowly Escapes Death1m37s

Leopard Attack: Antelope Narrowly Escapes Death

A BRAVE antelope makes an unlikely escape after being ambushed by a leopard as it battled a rival.The red lechwe was already exhausted having locked horns with another male when the killer cat struck - but managed to shake it off. The fast-paced footage was shot by safari guide Thomas Nkwazi, in the Okavango Delta area of Botswana, as he enjoyed a morning drive with four guests. Despite the violent attack, the antelope suffered only minor cuts, while the opportunistic cat left with its tail between its legs.