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Snake Whisperer Is Best Friends With Cobras: BEAST BUDDIES3m33s

Snake Whisperer Is Best Friends With Cobras: BEAST BUDDIES

Snake whisperer Abu Zarin Hussin watches TV, plays soccer and reads bedtime stories to his 14ft venomous King Cobras. Despite being bitten eight times - once almost fatally - and ending up in a coma twice, Abu is totally devoted to his scaly friends, and has no intention of ever giving up his perilous pets. The 32-year-old, from Kelantan, Malaysia, followed in the footsteps of his snake handler father and became a specialist snake handler in the fire service. But despite the love for his work, Abu accepts that snake handling is not for the fainthearted. Videographer / director: Hashim Sakiri Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

Giraffe Calf Falls 6 Feet During Birth: ZooBorns1m36s

Giraffe Calf Falls 6 Feet During Birth: ZooBorns

PASSIONATE conservationists at Chester Zoo have captured the moment a rare Rothschild’s giraffe calf is born - including its first wobbly steps into the world. The five-foot tall youngster arrived at 3:20pm on April 3 to eight-year-old mum Orla. Zookeepers named the young female calf Narus after a valley in Uganda’s Kidepo National Park, where conservationists are trying to save the species. After falling over six feet from her mother into a bed of straw, the giraffe surveyed her new home before taking her first tentative steps. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Jay Sohrabi

Tiny Chick Hatches From Its Egg: CUTE AS FLUFF1m03s

Tiny Chick Hatches From Its Egg: CUTE AS FLUFF

A hatching chick emerges from its shell in an egg-straordinary display of new life. Multimedia artist and photographer, Mindia Midelashvili, documented a newborn chick from the first crack in the shell, to fluffing up its feathers. The NYC based photographer went to his uncle’s country house and waited for the chick to make its big break. Over a period of 50 minutes, the chick uses its egg tooth to make the first chip in the shell, and then enlarges the hole, gradually turning round to create an opening. The tiny bird then emerges with wet feathers, eventually drying off - cheeping the entire time. Videographer / director: Mindia Midelashvili Producer: Shannon Lane, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

‘Snake Queen’ Masseuse Cures Depression With Pythons: BEAST BUDDIES5m35s

‘Snake Queen’ Masseuse Cures Depression With Pythons: BEAST BUDDIES

A HOLISTIC therapist uses snakes to massage her clients - claiming it cures depression and even helps victims of abuse. Instead of traditional massaging techniques, Sarah Zaad uses up to six pythons and boa constrictors on brave customers who want to relax or be treated for mental disorders. The flamboyant therapist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil believes her snakes have a magic touch, which can benefit people by massaging their bodies. Videographer / director: Kadeh Ferreira Producer: Camile Rocha-Keys, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

First Ever Footage Of Blue Whale Calf Nursing: SNAPPED IN THE WILD2m19s

First Ever Footage Of Blue Whale Calf Nursing: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

WORLD first footage shows a baby blue whale nursing captured off the South Coast of Sri Lanka. The incredibly rare footage taken by wildlife film-maker Patrick Dykstra shows an approximately 80-foot blue whale mother feeding her calf. Blue whales are typically known to nurse their calves deep under the water - so the sight captured in Sri Lanka was an extremely special one. Videographer / director: Patrick Dykstra Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

The Family Who Bought A Zoo3m51s

The Family Who Bought A Zoo

WHILE most kids can only dream of growing up with lions, Aaron Whitnall lived it for real - when his family bought a zoo. Aaron lives in Hertfordshire, England at a very special zoo with a strong family history - Paradise Wildlife Park. Three decades ago Aaron Whitnall’s grandfather, Peter Sampson, stumbled across the UK’s worst zoo. He decided to give the animals a new chance at life and re-launch the zoo, changing his family’s - and his future grandchildren’s - lives forever. WHILE most kids can only dream of growing up with lions, Aaron Whitnall lived it for real - when his family bought a zoo. Aaron lives in Hertfordshire, England at a very special zoo with a strong family history - Paradise Wildlife Park. Three decades ago Aaron Whitnall’s grandfather, Peter Sampson, stumbled across the UK’s worst zoo. He decided to give the animals a new chance at life and re-launch the zoo, changing his family’s - and his future grandchildren’s - lives forever. Videographer / director: Jack Stevens Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Jack Stevens

Proud Mum Shows Off Baby Orangutan: ZooBorns1m38s

Proud Mum Shows Off Baby Orangutan: ZooBorns

Zookeepers at Chester Zoo are celebrating the birth of a critical endangered Bornean orangutan. The fuzzy orange baby is the first of its kind to be born at the British zoo in almost a decade and is an important milestone for conservationist efforts. Recent estimates indicate that less than 55,000 Bornean orangutans are left on the island of Borneo in Indonesia - the only place they can be found in the wild. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

Crocodiles Brutally Ambush Zebras During Migration: SNAPPED IN THE WILD3m14s

Crocodiles Brutally Ambush Zebras During Migration: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

Ravenous crocodiles swarm a defenceless zebra as it attempts to cross the treacherous Mara river. While working as a Safari Guide at Mara Intrepids Camp near the Masai Mara, Dennis Waweru Mbugua came across this horde of hungry crocs. Videographer / director: Dennis Waweru Mbugua Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Adorable Prairie Dog Befriends German Shepherd: CUTE AS FLUFF1m58s

Adorable Prairie Dog Befriends German Shepherd: CUTE AS FLUFF

A precious prairie dog has bonded with a pretty unconventional best friend - Banksy the Alsatian. Prince the prairie dog lives in Fort Worth, Texas with nurse Taylor Williams, her husband Brad, 6-year-old Banksy and 11-year-old Coco the Yorkshire Terrier. While Coco stays out of Prince and Banksy’s way - she likes her quiet time - the others have formed an unbreakable bond and spend hours playing with each other every day. Videographer / director: Taylor Williams Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Cicada Emerges From Its Exoskeleton After 7 Years: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m40s

Cicada Emerges From Its Exoskeleton After 7 Years: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

A PULSATING cicada sheds its exoskeleton after living underground as a nymph for seven years. The cyclochila australasian, also knows as the green grocer, is a species of cicada and Australia’s most recognised and loudest insect. Taken over a period of just under two hours, Australian wildlife photographer Brad Leue caught one cicada shedding its exoskeleton atop a veranda pole. Using a tripod and torch, Brad documented the transformation in a stop motion consisting of 3,466 photographs. Videographer / director: Brad Leue Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

Adorable Lemur Twins Are Vienna Zoo’s Newest Arrivals: ZooBorns2m11s

Adorable Lemur Twins Are Vienna Zoo’s Newest Arrivals: ZooBorns

RING-TAILED lemurs have successfully conceived twins in the world’s oldest zoo. On Saturday March 25, the tiny twins were born at the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna – weighing around 70 grams each. The newborns will be suckled for around six months and will begin to eat fruit and vegetables by the time they have turned one. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal

Miniature Horse Is Becoming An Internet Star2m45s

Miniature Horse Is Becoming An Internet Star

A TINY horse who suffers from a rare form of dwarfism has become an Internet superstar after his owner posted a video to Facebook. Little Shammy's condition may make him smaller than his fellow equines - but that doesn’t stop him being mischievous and delighting his online fan base. After Michele posted a video to a Facebook page she set up for Shammy he quickly gained 5,000 fans so she decided to write a book about his exploits. Unfortunately his condition will inevitably lead to problems later on in life. Videographer / Director: Matt Jones Producer: Daniel Howlett Editor: Sonia Estal / Ian Phillips

Diving Dog: Pet Jack Russell ‘Titti’ Jumps From Rocks With Her Owner1m37s

Diving Dog: Pet Jack Russell ‘Titti’ Jumps From Rocks With Her Owner

This diving dog scores a perfect "10" as she launches herself off a clifftop into the clear blue waters of St Peter's Pool in Malta. The Jack Russell Terrier, named Titti, even performs SYNCHRONISED dives with her loving owner, 49-year-old Carmelo Abela. Fans of the intrepid pooch have flocked to Marsaxlokk, a fishing village in south east Malta, after footage of the duo's exploits surfaced online. Videographer / Director: Mark Cassar Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Animal Lover Turns Home Into Hedgehog Hospital: CUTE AS FLUFF4m45s

Animal Lover Turns Home Into Hedgehog Hospital: CUTE AS FLUFF

Tucked away in a cosy cottage in Berkshire is a hospital that rescues over 700 hedgehogs a year. In 2007, web developer Gill Lucraft started the rescue centre Hedgehog Bottom after discovering an hedgehog hidden under a pile of leaves in her garden. Her love of the iconic British animal has now taken over entire rooms of her house and hogs are stacked up in her front room, dining room and living room. Find out more at: http://www.hedgehog-rescue.org.uk/ Videographer / director: Kashfi Halford Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Anti-Poaching Dogs Protect Kenya’s Endangered Wildlife4m28s

Anti-Poaching Dogs Protect Kenya’s Endangered Wildlife

HIGHLY-TRAINED dogs are the latest weapon in the battle against rampant rhino and elephant poaching at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. From tracking to attacking, these specialised canines are tasked with protecting the park’s precious wildlife. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to some of the most endangered wildlife in the world and, in 2013 with poaching threats on the rise, the park established an anti-poaching dog unit consisting mainly of a special breed of dog known as a Malinois. The breed is known for its hardiness in extreme conditions, its intelligence, high energy and speed. Videographer / director: Earth Touch Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal

Disabled Orca Becomes Leader Of The Pod: SNAPPED IN THE WILD3m59s

Disabled Orca Becomes Leader Of The Pod: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

A DISABLED orca first spotted by a couple in 2013 returns to greet them four years later - and now he’s leading the pod. In 2013, photographer and marine tour guides Rainer and Silke Schimpf spotted a young killer whale, who they named Sira, with a missing dorsal fin and right-side pectoral fin, leaving him unable to hunt for himself. But rather than be left to fend for itself or - even worse - die the young calf appeared to be cared for by members of its pod, which shared food with the youngster. Four years later, by chance and coincidence, Rainer and Silke were out at sea in Algoa Bay, South Africa, documenting a pod of 1000 common dolphin hunting sardine when they had the surprise of a lifetime. Videographer / director: Rainer Schimpf, Silke Schimpf Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal

Zebra Saved From Deadly Snare Hold: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES2m23s

Zebra Saved From Deadly Snare Hold: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

A zebra was saved from being strangled to death on a snare by a rescue team. In January, KaiNav Conservation Foundation’s S.N.A.R.E team were undertaking a routine illegal snare clearing operation in Tswaing Meteorite Crater Nature Reserve in Gauging Province, South Africa when they spotted the zebra struggling in the snare. Calling in wildlife veterinarians to assist with darting and treatment of the animal, the KaiNav team kept a watchful eye on the zebra for four hours until the veterinarian team arrived. Videographer / director: KaiNav Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Cute Animal Friends: Lion And Dog Kiss52s

Cute Animal Friends: Lion And Dog Kiss

A 500-POUND lion and a cute miniature sausage dog have completely turned the idea of "fighting like cats and dogs" on its head. Bonedigger, a five-year old male lion, and Milo, a seven-year old Dachshund dog, are so close that Milo nonchalantly licks the massive lion's teeth to clean them. The two have been inseparable over the past five years at G.W Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Bonedigger and his pack of dogs cuddle, feast on raw meat and play in the grounds together. The park was damaged and flooded, but is managing to provide shelter for domestic and wild creatures that are homeless because of the storm.

Wildebeest Gives Birth To Clumsy Calf: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m56s

Wildebeest Gives Birth To Clumsy Calf: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

BIRTHING season for the Tanzanian wildebeests sees thousands of calves being born at once - and one new baby struggles to find its feet. Visiting the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti in the months of February and March, it is likely to see numerous wildebeest births, as photographer Yulia Sundukova discovered. February marks the start of the great migration, and almost 500,000 wildebeest calves are born within a two-week period. Videographer / director: Yulia Sundukova Producer: Shannon Lane, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Alien-Like Spider Sheds Exoskeleton1m41s

Alien-Like Spider Sheds Exoskeleton

IN A SCENE resembling a science fiction movie, an alien-like amblypygi, or whip spider, sheds its skin. Found in subtropical regions, amblypygi are an ancient order of arachnids dating back to the Carboniferous period; over 300 million years ago. When the whip spiders are young, they moult every two to three months, however as they grow to adulthood they may shed every three years. Videographer / director: Jordan Cadiot Producer: Shannon Lane, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Marcus Cooper

Kind-Hearted Divers Spot A Shark In Need Of Rescuing. What They Did Next Is So Brave!2m41s

Kind-Hearted Divers Spot A Shark In Need Of Rescuing. What They Did Next Is So Brave!

KIND-HEARTED divers have revealed how they rescued a dusky shark with a rope heavily embedded in its skin. When diver Skyler Thomas and tour operators Vinnie and Debbie spotted a shark in need of rescuing, they didn’t hesitate to jump in and help. They were diving in May 2014 at Cat Island in the central Bahamas when they pulled off their incredible rescue. Videographer / director: Skyler Thomas Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Cheeky Elephant Crosses Railway Track: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m39s

Cheeky Elephant Crosses Railway Track: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

A cheeky elephant crosses a railway track in Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary. The tuskless male elephant - called a Makhna - used its trunk to push up the crossing barrier, then ambled his way across the tracks before crushing the second barrier and trampling over it. Videographer / director: Rony Chowdhary Producer: Charley Sutton, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

World’s Largest Dodge Viper Collection2m52s

World’s Largest Dodge Viper Collection

A car mad couple have amassed the world’s biggest Dodge Viper collection - worth an amazing $7.5 million. Texan couple D’Ann and Wayne Rauh have collected an incredible 80 Dodge Vipers - and they drive every single one. And incredibly, it’s not only the iconic American muscle car that they collect. The couple own another 60 cars - bringing their collection up to a whopping 140 cars. Videographer / director: Blake Wilson Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Ian Phillips

The World’s Most Pampered Alligator: BEAST BUDDIES4m49s

The World’s Most Pampered Alligator: BEAST BUDDIES

THE THOUGHT of being in close contact with an alligator might be terrifying for most people but this lady dresses her pet gator in a TUTU – and even gives it manicures.The four and a half foot reptile, named LillyGator, is known for wearing a tiara, pink dresses and even has her nails painted. Owner Angela Lance, 44, from Pennsylvania, USA, bought Lilly as a tiny hatchling at just two and a half days old. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Joshua Douglas

Premature Baby Hippo Is Smallest Calf Ever Born: ZooBorns1m49s

Premature Baby Hippo Is Smallest Calf Ever Born: ZooBorns

A baby hippo shocked zoo keepers when it arrived six weeks ahead of schedule. The Nile hippopotamus was born to 17-year-old Bibi on January 24 at Cincinnati Zoo, but the calf - a female hippo - was not expected to deliver until March. As the premature hippo was too small to stand and nurse from Bibi, the veterinary staff moved the baby to the zoo’s nursery where she could receive around the clock care. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper