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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 Its Mouth1m56s

Diver Puts Shark In Trance To Remove Hook From Its Mouth

We have seen so many videos where mere humans come out to help hapless animals in dire circumstances. Deer have been untangled from wire fencing, turtles were rescued from fishing nets… but we have never seen a diver approach one of the most dangerous creatures of the sea to help it out. Until now. One brave diver puts his hands next to the mouth of a dusky shark to remove a fishing hook, but not before hypnotizing the predator. The footage shows experience diver Michael Dornellas coming to the aid of the shark off the coast of Jupiter, Florida. The technique he uses is called “tonic immobility”, which allows Michael to shove his hand into the 10 foot shark and remove the hook from its mouth. It is quite common to see a shark swimming with a hook in its mouth in the waters around Florida, as fishermen catch them for sport and then release them, with the hook intact. Since they are stainless steel, it can take years for them to rust and human intervention is necessary. The 32-year-old explains that this is never 100% safe; nothing guarantees your safety when you are swimming with predators. "I’ve seen hooks work their way back, cutting open the jaws of the shark,” he said. The self-employed diver has been swimming with sharks for years and currently teaches people about them. He hopes that the clip will educate people that sharks aren’t the vicious killing machines that Hollywood likes to portray them as. 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

23-Foot-Long Great White Shark Believed To Be Biggest Ever2m11s

23-Foot-Long Great White Shark 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 huge 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

Sweet Little Pitbull Learns To Swim In Bathtub2m43s

Sweet Little Pitbull Learns To Swim In Bathtub

Dogs are well-known for the friendship they build with humans. While some of them are being raised as pets, others get their skills upgraded and are turned into protection dogs. Dark Dynasty K9s in New Hampshire, USA, specialises in training elite protection dogs for the police, celebrities and billionaire clients around the world. One of their world-famous dogs is the 175lb Pitbull Hulk. Recently he and his mate Roxy have had another litter of puppies. Four weeks have passed since they were born, so now has come the time when these cute little puppies should start getting familiar with their surroundings. The first step is introducing them to the water. It is very important for these dogs to not be afraid of the water, because when they grow up, they should be able to jump in every situation and defend their owner. "Water is an element of life and if the dog is going to be a top protection dog they really need to be prepared for anything." says Marlon Grennan from Dark Dynasty. That’s why Marlon and Lisa Grennan prepare Hulk and his latest brood for a swimming lesson in the bathtub. First the puppies are being introduced to the warm water coming from the faucet and later they give it a try in the bathtub filled with water. The bravest of them all is tiny Tigger. Such a suitable name for a fighter like him. He starts kicking his paws the moment he touches the water surface. Sure, he drinks a little from the water, but it doesn’t matter, because he has overcome his fear. After him, his siblings try their luck in the bath. The swimming lessons are over, so now it’s time for pappa Hulk to nuzzle with his son Tigger. Watch how this cute dog dynasty prepares for its future challenges! 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

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

Heroic Miners Save Baby Bull Elephant From Drowning In A Well1m17s

Heroic Miners Save Baby Bull Elephant From Drowning In A Well

Sometimes life can change in the blink of an eye and lead us on a path we’ve never expected it would go on. We never know whether the next curve on the road leads us to success or total damnation. This small elephant babe is the prime example for it. A baby bull elephant has been rescued after falling into a well at a copper mine. It is not known how long the youngun was trapped inside the well, but marks of other elephants helping him were visible around the small well. Video footage shows staff at the Phalaborwa Copper mine in South Africa’s Limpopo Province frantically pull the calf out of a small dam of water on February 16. They are struggling to pull the distressed animal because he keeps on slipping and the rescuers have to think of their own safety as well if they want to manage to save him. 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. The rescuers showed it to other elephant herds in the area but none of them seemed to recognize him. Because of this, he was taken to a local shelter and nursed to health. His future is still uncertain because the helpers aren’t sure how such a stressful ordeal may influence him. After all, he is still a young baby. 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

This Is The Only Man In The World Who Can Swim With A Polar Bear2m07s

This Is The Only Man In The World Who Can Swim With A Polar Bear

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 Puppy Litter Comes At A Whooping Price4m17s

Giant Pit Bull Hulk's Puppy Litter Comes At A Whooping Price

The world's biggest Pit Bull cuddles up to his adorable new litter, valued at a whopping half-a-million dollars price. 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. Raising puppies is profitable all right, but Hulk is earning his owners a huge paycheck with his new litter. The cute little pups are worth roughly $500,000. Hulk is already famous for his size, weighing 175 pounds, and his litter of puppies are already gaining a name of their own. It is adorable to see that this proud father loves spending time with the mini versions of himself. When Hulk fathered a litter of pups, owners knew they will bring them wealth. Each of the pups were set to be sold before they were even born! Easy money for owners!

Meet Hulk, The Giant 175lb Family Pit Bull4m47s

Meet Hulk, 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!