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Giant octopus protects newborn children2m08s

Giant octopus protects newborn children

A female giant Pacific octopus protects her newborn children in the Sea of Japan. "It was very sad to watch the mother, who after the birth of her children would die," said the filmer. Female octopuses usually die soon after their eggs hatch.

7kg cat scales 7ft Christmas tree1m04s

7kg cat scales 7ft Christmas tree

Scooter the cat weighs a full 7kg – but that doesn't stop him from trying to scale this 7ft Christmas tree. "He's obsessed with the star decorations!" said his owner. "From cat wrapping to tree climbing he always entertains!"

Woman makes amazing ice halo in the air with boiling water35s

Woman makes amazing ice halo in the air with boiling water

A woman made an amazing display of boiling water freezing into powdery ice in midair in north China. The clip shows a woman standing in the open air and snow, throwing a cup of hot water into the sky. Then the water freezes into ice midair, forming a halo shape. The video was filmed in Daxing'anling Prefecture in Heilongjiang Province on November 25. The temperature was below -30C in the city, according to local reports.

Wild monkey gatecrashes funeral and mimicks mourners consoling family1m44s

Wild monkey gatecrashes funeral and mimicks mourners consoling family

A funeral in India drew the attention of a wild monkey which decided to join the gathering in Nargund in southern India. Many friends and relatives had gathered at the open funeral of Naganagowda Patil, 71, who had suffered a fatal heart attack on December 11. An Indian langur monkey sat nearby watching the mourners intently and then started mimicking what many of them did. It climbed on to Patil’s son Mari Gowda’s lap and tried to console him the way it had seen many doing it. The ape then went inside the house and sat with the women, who were grieving the death of the elderly man. The family allowed the monkey to take part in the ceremony and made sure no one disturbed it. But the word spread and many onlookers also stepped inside the house to take a look at the mourning monkey. To control the crowd, Patil’s relatives gently shooed away the monkey after throwing a garland around its neck, then the monkey left as quietly as it had come. Many at the funeral said the attendance of the monkey was a sign that Patil was a spiritual man and would attain salvation. Hindus believe monkeys are sacred animals and worship them.

Boy falls out of back of a minibus onto busy road in China37s

Boy falls out of back of a minibus onto busy road in China

A boy fell out of the back of a minibus onto a busy road in eastern China. Dash-cam video shows the trunk door on a minibus suddenly opening and a boy tumbling out of it onto the road. However, the minivan driver does not notice and keeps driving. A woman named Ma immediately got out of her car and carried the child to the side of the road. The clip was filmed in Jinan City in Shandong Province on December 8. After a while, the boy’s grandmother came back and took him away, reports said.

Woman creates perfect frozen sculpture by peeling ice off a cabbage leaf36s

Woman creates perfect frozen sculpture by peeling ice off a cabbage leaf

A woman in southwestern China made a perfect ice sculpture by peeling the frost off a frozen Chinese cabbage leaf. The interesting clip, shot in Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture in Guizhou Province on December 9, shows a woman peeling a cabbage leaf out from the ice covering on it. Two girls can then be seen eating the "ice cabbage" one after the other.

Melting icebergs appear outside Tate Modern in new art installation25s

Melting icebergs appear outside Tate Modern in new art installation

An art installation intended to raise awareness of climate change has been erected outside of the Tate Modern museum in London. Artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing have brought 24 blocks of melting Arctic ice to the riverside area outside the Tate Modern. The installation, "Ice Watch", hopes to raise awareness of climate change and is expected to last about a week before vanishing.

Immense blizzard leaves 200 trucks stranded on Chinese highway43s

Immense blizzard leaves 200 trucks stranded on Chinese highway

More than 200 trucks were stranded on S320 and S228 highways in northwestern China due to extreme blizzard conditions. In video of the scene, police are seen halting the flow of traffic on the road as visibility is reduced in the high winds. The video was shot in Altay Prefecture in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on December 7. According to reports, more than 200 trucks were stuck on the highways and the traffic was back to normal already.

Heartbreaking video shows injured elephant being treated after collapsing2m52s

Heartbreaking video shows injured elephant being treated after collapsing

An injured elephant was found near a town in Sri Lanka toppled over into a mudpit after hurting its foot, triggering a rescue and aid effort for the lost beast. The elephant was found in the Divulapelessa area in Girandurukotte in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday (December 11). The villagers had no idea when the elephant arrived or how it became injured and fell into the mud. When the villagers noticed the elephant in the mud at a paddy field in the nearby Ulhitiya Oya forest reserve, they immediately informed the forest officials and veterinarians. The elephant couldn't move due to a major injury to its foot and can be seen being fed and watered while lying down. The veterinarian who checked the elephant confirmed that the injury was to its right back foot, and the right and left side of the front foot of the elephant were also in neural discomfort. The veterinarians are currently treating the elephant, while villagers gathered around the elephant tried to clear the mud by pouring water on it. They also offered fruits and leaves to the elephant to keep it healthy and calm. However despite receiving medical attention veterinarians believe the elephant is unlikely to recover due to the severity of its injury.

Students flee when explosive electrical fire breaks out at university canteen34s

Students flee when explosive electrical fire breaks out at university canteen

Students fled away when an electrical fire erupted in a canteen at Guizhou Medical University in south China on Tuesday (December 11) The dramatic video shows loud and bright sparks exploding at the far end of the canteen, immediately scaring all the students causing them to flee the room. According to reports, the sparks were caused by a short-circuit in the electrical wiring.

Naturalist frees exotic bird trapped in fishing net in India43s

Naturalist frees exotic bird trapped in fishing net in India

A naturalist performing a wildlife study near a dam in south India discovered a bird trapped in a fishing net and freed it in this heartwarming clip. Ajay, the student who freed the bird, was working with a professor performing a biodiversity study at Bhadra dam in Karnataka state on December 9, and was watching from a hide when he noticed the trapped animal. The bird was a hoopoe bird, a species endemic to Africa and Eurasia, known for their colourful crests, and Ajay gave it a few minutes to grow accustomed to him before releasing it. The bird staying in his hands for a few seconds before flying away, as if grateful for being saved.

Incredibly smart dog helps owner fetch a spoon for his cereal36s

Incredibly smart dog helps owner fetch a spoon for his cereal

Dogs are known to be pretty smart, but perhaps few are as intelligent as Mr Biscuit the border collie. According to his owner, Kyle, Mr Biscuit knows over 900 words and can identify and fetch household items. In this video, Mr Biscuit can be seen going to the kitchen and opening a drawer to get a spoon for his owner, who is enjoying a bowl of cereal for breakfast. "This incredible pooch learns two to three new words everyday without any training," Kyle said.

Insect takes huntsman spider home for dinner35s

Insect takes huntsman spider home for dinner

This insect was in the mood for a snack. Its choice, however, was not so conventional. In the video filmed in Sydney, Australia, the insect – likely a cockroach – can be seen dragging a motionless huntsman spider through a hole in the wall. "Huntsman spiders are one of the largest in Australia and I couldn’t believe it when I seen it killed by an insect," the filmer told Newsflare.

When you've had one too many holiday beers1m00s

When you've had one too many holiday beers

It looks like Gemma the bulldog doesn't quite have her drinking under control this holiday season. This video, filmed in New Jersey on December 8, shows the bulldog wearing a sweater and with a pile of Christmas lights on top of him lying motionless. "She isn’t really sleeping," the filmer said of the scene. "She’s following a command to stay still. It’s perfect because it looks like she’s passed out drunk."

Streets flooded as heavy rains pound Metro Vancouver58s

Streets flooded as heavy rains pound Metro Vancouver

Heavy rain brought severe flooding to the streets of Metro Vancouver on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue weather warnings in affected provinces. This video, filmed at Lucille Starr Way and Schoolhouse Street in Coquitlam, shows cars driving on flooded roads. A strong wind warning was also issued, with authorities saying that 60 to 80 km/h winds are "capable of causing damage". More rain is expected to follow, local media reported.

Cars stranded on flooded streets after heavy downpour inundates Metro Vancouver43s

Cars stranded on flooded streets after heavy downpour inundates Metro Vancouver

Heavy rain brought severe flooding to the streets of Metro Vancouver on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue weather warnings in affected provinces. This video, filmed on Schoolhouse Street in Coquitlam, shows cars unable to move in the middle of a flooded road. A strong wind warning was also issued, with authorities saying that 60 to 80 km/h winds are "capable of causing damage". More rain is expected to follow, local media reported.

Kaiser mental health workers strike across California31s

Kaiser mental health workers strike across California

Kaiser Permanente mental health workers strike in Los Angeles on Tuesday as thousands join them across California in a five-day action over staffing and wait times, among other major issues. Some 4,000 psychologists, social workers, therapists and several other professions represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) are striking until Friday. The staffing issues "force patients to wait a month or more for therapy appointments," they say. "This strike is a clear message to Kaiser that its mental health clinicians won’t stand by silently while their patients can’t get the care they need," read the NUHW statement.

French police scour streets of Strasbourg after 2 killed in shooting32s

French police scour streets of Strasbourg after 2 killed in shooting

Two people have been killed and 10 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg. This footage, taken at a cafe near Strasbourg Cathedral, shows police patrolling the streets in search of the gunman, who has reportedly been identified. "I was sitting in the centre of Strasbourg drinking coffee, and the waiters asked everyone sitting outside to come inside," said the filmer. "Two hours have passed and no one has been released, for the sake of our own safety. The whole time police patrol the streets." "I understand that until a criminal is found, they will not let us out, because it is very dangerous," they added. The shooting happened late Tuesday near a Christmas market in one of the central squares, Place Kléber.

Protesters at Home Office stand in solidarity with the Stansted 152m30s

Protesters at Home Office stand in solidarity with the Stansted 15

Hundreds of protesters gather outside the UK's Home Office in London chanting "stop deportations" on Tuesday evening in support of the 'Stanstead 15' – the group of political activists who blocked a deportation flight from London Stansted Airport to Nigeria in March 2017. More than 1,200 said on Facebook they were attending the protest, which began around 5:30pm. "Wear pink in solidarity," the event page instructed. The group was convicted of disrupting flights and “endangering an aerodrome” at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, releasing a statement shortly afterwards that said, "we are guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm." On March 28, 2017, the Stanstead 15 cut through a fence at Stanstead Airport to block a flight chartered by the Home Office to deport 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. As a result of their actions, 11 of them remain in the UK. In an open letter to the Guardian on Tuesday, their supporters (including Diane Abbott, Phillip Pullman, Emma Thompson and Caroline Lucas) called on the UK government to "end its inhumane hostile environment policies and to end its shameful deportation charter flights." "We also call for the Stansted 15 to be spared prison," they added.

Hundreds of protesters gather outside Home Office in support of Stanstead 151m55s

Hundreds of protesters gather outside Home Office in support of Stanstead 15

Hundreds of protesters gather outside the UK's Home Office in London chanting "stop deportations" on Tuesday evening in support of the 'Stanstead 15' – the group of political activists who blocked a deportation flight from London Stansted Airport to Nigeria in March 2017. More than 1,200 said on Facebook they were attending the protest, which began around 5:30pm. "Wear pink in solidarity," the event page instructed. The group was convicted of disrupting flights and “endangering an aerodrome” at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, releasing a statement shortly afterwards that said, "we are guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm." On March 28, 2017, the Stanstead 15 cut through a fence at Stanstead Airport to block a flight chartered by the Home Office to deport 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. As a result of their actions, 11 of them remain in the UK. In an open letter to the Guardian on Tuesday, their supporters (including Diane Abbott, Phillip Pullman, Emma Thompson and Caroline Lucas) called on the UK government to "end its inhumane hostile environment policies and to end its shameful deportation charter flights." "We also call for the Stansted 15 to be spared prison," they added.