Category Archives: animal

Shark Attacks Surfer Mick Fanning During Jennings Bay Open – Video

A shark attacked Australian surfer Mick Fanning during the Jennings Bay Open Sunday in South Africa while he was waiting his turn to surf. Three time world champion Fanning was sitting atop his board when suddenly the water around him started thrashing. According to Fanning the shark had grabbed his leg rope or leash and started pulling it downward, which certainly must have scared Fanning.

The second video adds two announcers describing the action as the shark attacks. Later in the video another announcer interviews Fanning after the attack.

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Story of Fictitious Dog “Leao” still Draws Admirers

A story in 2011 about a Brazilian dog stirred the emotions of millions worldwide with sentiment so raw the anecdote went viral immediately. The tale spun a fictitious yarn about a pup named “Leao” who was so loyal to her former owner that the dog sat vigil for days at graveside after the owner’s funeral.

At the time everyone thought the story was real, with Leao’s chronicle revealed to be a hoax only a few weeks later. Despite that, Leao’s folktale still tugs at the heartstrings of net surfers today, 4 1/2 years later.

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People stumble across the narrative to this day and are touched by the loyalty of such an admirable dog. In fact, folks still often ask about her, remarking “Whatever became of that incredible Brazilian dog Leao?”

Leao’s reported owner was Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who supposedly died in Brazil’s 2011 catastrophic landslides caused by severe flooding. It is not even known if Santana was a real person or simply the figment of someone’s deceptive imagination.

Leao’s narration was carried by numerous media outlets including McCafferty Himself, and even CNN. The hoax revelation was first carried by the Malaysia Sun, but far fewer news organizations bothered to report the hoax.They were far more interested in the emotionalism of the original article. That is probably why so many folks still believe the story today.

Most of us want to believe that such a tale is true because it reaffirms the landmark loyalty that dogs have for their owners. Unconditional love even after death–now that really is a tale worth telling.

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The dog in the photo actually belonged to Rodolfo Júnior, a grave digger who worked at a cemetery in Teresopolis, Brazil. Júnior stated that his dog often accompanied him to work, and he did not know who took the photo of his dog at the newly dug, unmarked grave.

There were so many dead from the mudslides in Brazil that year that they resorted to burying people in an assembly line fashion, which is why they are so many fresh graves in the photos. It was reported that 655 died in Teresopolis alone.

Perceiving human like emotions in animals is not new. There are many videos on the Net of such things. Look at a video we have of a cat that appears to be trying to revive its mate by massaging its chest.

These type of tales seem to give us that warm fuzzy feeling inside, even if it’s 4 1/2 years after the fact.

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Sociopathic Crow, Naive Kitty – Videos

Have you ever noticed how clever some crows seem to be? I have seen some of them in my neighborhood make some remarkably clever moves, including two or three of them ganging up together to chase a squirrel. I do not think they even cared if they caught the squirrel or not, but it appeared like they only wanted to antagonize the poor thing.

The crow in our first video is just that sort of sociopathic creature that wants to create misery for others:

Yep! That is the kind of crow I’m talking about. The dog, whose name is Nero BTW, thought that the crow would go away if Nero ignored him. No such luck, Nero. This crow is a troublemaker, and once Nero goes home, the crow will find some other prey to pick on. He is just that sort of creature.

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The second video also presents us with another predator type who wants to create mischief for other animals, but this naive kitty does not realize how quickly his role as predator might be reversed and suddenly he has become the prey.

That is one unworldly putty-tat. One swipe of the that gator’s huge tail or a twist of those vicious jaws and it’s sayonara Miss Kitty Cat.

Perhaps the photographer in this vid does not care too much about his cat. Why else would he let the creature put itself in harm’s way, unless he was secretly hoping he might get a video for YouTube in which a gator swallows a cat in one gulp?

A video like that just might go viral in a hurry creating a windfall of cash for a videographer participating in YouTube’s ad program. Yep! Methinks there is both motive and method to that madness.

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When a Crow Soars on Eagle’s Wings

At first glance it looks something like a Boeing 747 with NASA’s Space Shuttle hooked on its back. But it is much more in tune with nature than that. An ordinary black crow decides that there must be a reason why the eagle is the national bird of America and not the crow. He jumps when an opportunity presents itself–to see things from a different perspective. Have a look at when a crow soars on eagle’s wings:

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The crow swiftly swoops in for a quick landing atop the back of the eagle, rides a short distance, and then speedily lifts off to fly again on its own. Perhaps the crow wondered what life was like on the other side of the fence and decided to see for himself.

These photos were first spotted over at Mashable and are the work of amateur bird photographer Phoo Chan who has a spread of many wild bird shots over on Flickr.

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“At first I thought the crow was going to chase away the eagle,” says Phoo. “I was completely awed to see the crow actually land on the back of the eagle. They both flew in different directions and it looked like they became friends.”

Perhaps the crow wanted to be friends, or perhaps it is a case of life imitating technology. Maybe there was a time when the crow saw a similar situation in real life; when the crow saw a NASA Space Shuttle flying on the back of a 747. Maybe he just wanted to know how the Space Shuttle felt.

I think the crow was going for the thrill.

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Elephant Clobbers Tourist – Video

Wow! This elephant obviously does not appreciate a young tourist feeding him and simply clobbers the young guy with its trunk.

Interacting with the elephant did appear safe initially, but look how quickly the pachyderm turned on the unfortunate tourist. Prudence dictates keeping a safe distance from any beast that outweighs you by a few thousand pounds.

This guy will never forget his encounter with an elephant. And you thought elephants had a long memory.

Funny Dogs and More Funny Dogs!

We ran into this older video on the web, but we just had to include it here because in our minds it is really funny–especially if you like animal videos. And we certainly do. Like we said, it is older, it is anything but hi-def, but it has some very funny scenes.

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Pandas Live the Good Life – Video

It really doesn’t matter where these pandas are at. What matters is that they are living the good life–just lying around, having a ball and looking good while doing it.

But for those of you who really want to know where such major cuteness resides, it’s Zoo Atlanta, where management proudly announced the public debut of their newest giant panda, Po, along with his mother Xi Lan and older brother Lun Lun. And yes! The cuteness all comes naturally.

It doesn’t get any better than this. Ah! The Good Life!

Longleat Jungle Monkeys Dismantle Mercedes – Video

Nearly 100 Macaque monkeys descend upon a Mercedes estate wagon and begin to dismantle and tear up as much of the vehicle as they are able. The Macaques are residents of Monkey Jungle in the Longleat Wildlife Park, Wiltshire County, in Southwest England.

Monkey Jungle has been closed to the public recently while the primates’ enclosure was redeveloped. The staff placed the Mercedes into the enclosure ahead of the grand re-opening this very weekend with a purpose of getting the monkey’s used to being around cars once again.

From the results of the experiment, it seems that the Macaques still have a long way to go before their behavior approaches anything resembling proper manners.

The simian imps rapidly removed wheel covers, rearview mirrors and comcletely tore apart any luggage they could get their hands on.

Have a look:

It seems that any park visitors may be in for some serious macaque trouble once the Monkey Enclosure re-opens, judging by the likes of this experiment.

Longleat safari park opened in 1966 and claims status as the first such attraction outside Africa.

 

Brazilian Dog Leao is Hoax

Leao, the Brazilian dog that reportedly remained at the grave of its owner for days after the funeral, is a hoax reports the Mayasia Sun.

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The story of Leao along with the moving photos above showing the dog seemingly standing guard at graveside went viral over the Internet. It was reported widely by many media outlets and blogs including McCafferty Himself and even CNN.

It seems that Leao is a fictional name for a dog that never really existed. The dog in the photo belongs to Rodolfo Júnior, a grave digger who works at a cemetary in Teresopolis, Brazil.

In interviews with local Brazilian media, Júnior states that his dog often accompanies him to work, and he does not know who took the photo of his dog at the newly dug, unmarked grave.

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However, the photo was submitted to the media through the Getty/AFP network by a company photographer. Either the photographer misunderstood who the dog belonged to or deliberately misrepresented the story.

Hundreds of animals were displaced by the recent floods in the state of Rio de Janeiro according to the Brazilian branch of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). However, the WSPA knows of no dog named Leao among the displaced animals.

The WSPA did say that a dog named Caramelo did lose its family in the floods, but that dog has already been placed with a new owner.

Editor’s note: Post updated 7/3/2015.

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Loyalty Even After Death

Leao continues to sit at the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in last week’s catastrophic landslides in Brazil. She has remained at the graveside for two days straight with no sign that she will give up her vigil.

Leao proves that dogs are loyal to a fault.

There are so many dead from the mudslides in Brazil that they have resorted to burying people in an assembly line fashion. I believe there were 655 dead just in Leao’s town alone.

Editors Note: Story of Brazilian dog “Leao” turned out to be a hoax. See followup story. Updated 7/3/2015.

Lion Tamer Mauled During Live Show – Caught on Video

A Ukrainian lion tamer, Oleksie Pinko, was mauled by two lions during a live circus performance in Lviv, Ukraine, when the circus act went surprisingly wrong.

At the beginning of the video Pinko was already visibly limping, having already been attacked by a lion, but as he continued to jab the lion, it lunged.

The crowd could be heard screaming in the background as Pinko frantically tried to fend off the lions with a long steel rod. Many of the screams were from children as near as ten feet from the incident.

The first lion roared and lunged at the tamer moments before a second lion joined in the fray, biting the tamer by his arm.

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Doug Sheperd, a US tourist who attended the performance with his two children, provided the footage in the following video. “Kids are screaming, and kids are only 10ft away, and (my family was) probably 35ft away,” said Sheperd.

“You have a handler from outside poking through the net, and then there’s one inside who almost gets eaten. But the lions are after the trainer.”

Masha Shepherd, Doug’s wife, said “I was just grabbing my daughter and trying to run because I thought that they were going to come out.”

Two assistants helped Pinko force the lions into their cage with a water cannon, but not before Pinko was attacked a third time by the same two lions.

Pinko is in stable condition after emergency surgery at a hospital for his wounds.

Notice how the same two lions appeared intent upon attacking only Pinko and no one else. That may prove to be important if there is any investigation of the attack.

Camera man Doug Sheperd told CBS News: “My son said. ‘I don’t want to go the circus ever again,’ and I don’t blame him.”

Sheperd’s son may have quit the circus, but Oleksie Pinko is still taming lions five years after this attack.

Editor’s note: This post updated 7/7/2015.

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Cat Adopts Baby Squirrel, Teaches it to Purr – Video

Emme, a nursing mother cat took in and adopted a homeless baby squirrel that Emme’s owner placed in with the rest of her litter. The squirrel, which was named Rocky, was nursed by Emme who apparently did not care that the latest addition to its family of kittens was really a squirrel.

In fact, Emme has treated Rocky just the same as the rest of the litter, grabbing young Rocky and dragging him back if he strayed too far from home, for example.

At this point young Rocky does not understand the difference between the rest of the litter and himself. As far as Rocky is concerned, he is just one more cat, one who has learned to purr just like all of the other kittens in the litter.

The question remains if Rocky will remain as welcome as he currently is with his adopted family as he grows older. Only time will tell.

Puppy Throwing Girl Identified?

The girl in the red hoodie who shocked and angered the entire planet by throwing six puppies only days old into a river to drown has been tentatively identified as Katja Puschnik from the town of Bugojno, Bosnia. However, her identity has not been absolutely confirmed.

Members of the web site 4chan.org managed to track her by tracking down the owner of the YouTube account that originally uploaded the now infamous video to YouTube. If you have not seen the video watch it here.

A second video was uploaded to YouTube, purportedly by Ms. Puschnik, apologizing for the incident. However YouTube quickly removed the video. Below is a photo from the video taken before its removal from YouTube:

It is unknown if the apology is real or merely a hoax.

Both PETA and Rescue Ink have separately each offered $2,000 rewards for information to the perpetrator’s capture. Film director Michael Bay, who directed Transformers, has reportedly offered a $50,000 reward.

Some web sites are reporting that the camera man was the girl’s brother, who also reportedly uploaded the video to YouTube.

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Puppy Throwing Monster of a Girl Drowns Puppies – Caught on Video

This is the original video of the incident.

Puppy Throwing Monster of a Girl Drowns Puppies – Caught on Video

A puppy throwing monster of a girl is caught on video in the act of drowning a bucketful of puppies that appear to be only days old. One by one this young unknown girl tosses the puppies into a rushing river with a current that is clearly too fast for the puppies to survive.

That appears to be the point of the exercise for the girl obviously intends to drown the puppies.

A few of the puppies yelp as she picks them out of the bucket because she is not too gentle while picking them up. The tiny little pups are not much bigger than the girl’s hand.

The girl even callously says “whee” as she tosses one pup to its death. She appears not to care one ounce for the lives of the young doggies she is killing because her body language is quite normal while she tosses the cute little devils.

You can be sure you will hear more about this incident, and it is unlikely that the identity of the girl and her accomplice camera handler will remain unknown for long.

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Puppy Throwing Girl Identified?

The girl in the red hoodie who shocked and angered the entire planet by throwing six puppies only days old into a river to drown has been tentatively identified as Katja Puschnik from the town of Bugojno, Bosnia.

Cat Tries to Revive Injured Mate – Video

Two cats were busy being cats and doing what cats do in the Kızılsaray district of Antalya, Turkey, when one of them was accidentally struck by an automobile. That is normal everyday activity, but what happened next was most unusual and was caught on film by a passerby.

In the video the passerby shot you will see the male, white cat apparently trying to revive the female, black cat, his mate, and showing remarkable emotion for an animal.

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Naturally people attempted to intervene and help the black cat, but the white cat put up a fuss and would allow no intervention. By the time a veterinarian eventually made it to the scene, the black cat had died.

Who knew that cats were able to show such human-like emotions and behavior, assuming that is what actually occurred here?