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French Bulldog With No Eyes Loves Life: CUTE AS FLUFF2m09s

French Bulldog With No Eyes Loves Life: CUTE AS FLUFF

RUNNING around and playing with her canine brothers, this French Bulldog seems like any other playful pup - except she has no eyes. Milly was the runt of a litter and kept hidden away in a wooden box by her breeder as she looked so different from her siblings. As the result of over-breeding to achieve the bulging eyes found in brachycephalic breeds, Milly’s eyes were completely out of proportion to her body and extremely infected. Fortunately veterinary technician Christin, from Ramat HaSharon, Israel, gave her a home after seeing an ad for her on Facebook. Videographer / director: Christin Slobidker Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

The Family Who Bought A Zoo: New Penguin Enclosure5m03s

The Family Who Bought A Zoo: New Penguin Enclosure

Paradise wildlife park has proudly unveiled their new African penguin enclosure - but the penguins took a little longer to warm up to the change than expected. The family zoo in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire has carefully designed a new, larger enclosure for the colony. The zoo was bought by the Whitnall family in 1985 and they worked tirelessly to transform it from the UK’s worst zoo into an amazing conservation focused zoo for all species. Videographer / director: Jack Stevens Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

3ft Long Bunny Set To Become World’s Biggest Rabbit: CUTE AS FLUFF2m13s

3ft Long Bunny Set To Become World’s Biggest Rabbit: CUTE AS FLUFF

A three-foot long rabbit is gunning to become the world’s biggest bunny - and he’s only 10-months-old. Dexter, the humongous bunny from Basildon, Essex, already weighs more than three times the size of an average newborn baby and has at least another two years to grow to his full potential. Brad Paynter, Dexter’s owner, is more than optimistic his giant pet can outgrow the world’s biggest bunny, Darius - the 4ft 4 rabbit who just happens to be Dexter’s father. Dexter's already as big as Brad's two pet dogs, a French Bulldog and a Pug, and they are as welcoming to him as he is to them. Although, Brad admits, he does resort to nibbling every once in while, so there is a "Keep out" sign on his hut. And since he is such a big boy, Dexter even has his own room in the house, so that he can enjoy a warm comfy bed at night after being outside all day. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: Ian Phillips

Elephant Saved After Maggot Infested Injury: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES2m26s

Elephant Saved After Maggot Infested Injury: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

A VETERINARY team risk their lives to rescue an elephant injured by an infected wound crawling with maggots. Wildlife film producer, Verity White and her team were filming the darting of a giraffe with the Uganda Wildlife Authority Vet Team in Murchison Falls National Park, when they came across the limping elephant. The Uganda Conservation Foundation had recently provided a dedicated veterinary vehicle to the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Murchison Falls as part of measure to tackle the poaching problem. Videographer / director: Verity White Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: Jay Sohrabi

Extreme Angler Jeremy Wade Encounters Legendary ‘Sea Serpent’4m13s

Extreme Angler Jeremy Wade Encounters Legendary ‘Sea Serpent’

Extreme angler Jeremy Wade meets the creature behind the sea serpent legend - as he comes face to face with a rarely seen oarfish. Giant oarfish, also known as ‘messengers of the sea’, are mainly seen when they are washed ashore, often triggering fears of earthquakes. Whilst filming for the latest series of television series River Monsters in the Mediterranean Sea in France, Wade was fortunate enough to come face to face with one of the bizarre-looking creatures at a jaw dropping depth of 80 ft under water. Catch the brand new Season 8 of River Monsters on ITV1, premiering on Friday May 19 at 8pm. Videographer / director: Icon Films Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Extreme Angler Jeremy Wade Encounters Legendary ‘Sea Serpent’

Extreme Angler Jeremy Wade Encounters Legendary ‘Sea Serpent’

Extreme angler Jeremy Wade meets the creature behind the sea serpent legend - as he comes face to face with a rarely seen oarfish. Giant oarfish, also known as ‘messengers of the sea’, are mainly seen when they are washed ashore, often triggering fears of earthquakes. Whilst filming for the latest series of television series River Monsters in the Mediterranean Sea in France, Wade was fortunate enough to come face to face with one of the bizarre-looking creatures at a jaw dropping depth of 80 ft under water. Catch the brand new Season 8 of River Monsters on ITV1, premiering on Friday May 19 at 8pm. Videographer / director: Icon Films Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

India’s Cyclops Baby Goat1m41s

India’s Cyclops Baby Goat

A baby goat with one enlarged eye has been born in Assam, India. The kid was born on Wednesday May 10th, and has baffled local villagers. Vets predicted that the goat, who also has only one ear, would die within a few days but he has defied expectations and stayed alive longer than expected. The condition which causes these defects is called cyclopia and can also affect horses, pigs and cows. The cause for this condition is the brain's failure to separate the two hemispheres, which in turn causes the skull to form a single eye socket, with lid and lashes missing. The cause of this genetic condition is uncertain, although it is possible that a toxin ingested during pregnancy can be culprit. Videographer / director: Rima Sharma Producer: Haziq Qadri, Nick Johnson Editor: Marcus Cooper

Sloth Released Into The Wild After Surviving Dog Attack: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES2m07s

Sloth Released Into The Wild After Surviving Dog Attack: WILDEST ANIMAL RESCUES

A vicious dog attack broke this sloth’s arm in two places, but thanks to her rescuers she has been released back into the wild. The sloth, named Tina by Toucan Rescue Ranch workers, was pulled from the jaws of several dogs by locals in Sarapiqu, Costa Rica. After calling wildlife authorities, the sloth’s rescuers contacted Toucan Rescue Ranch who brought her to Heredia, Costa Rica for treatment on October 31 2016. Videographer / director: Toucan Rescue Ranch Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Jay Sohrabi

Hungry Crocodiles Attack Migrating Wildebeest: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m56s

Hungry Crocodiles Attack Migrating Wildebeest: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

A float of crocodiles swarm a herd of wildebeest as they try to migrate across the Masai Mara river. Shaurya Reshamwala - who runs a wildlife travel company Call of the Wild in Mumbai, India - was on safari in Kenya when she witnessed the mauling of several wildebeest. The group had decided to set up near the river to watch the wildebeest attempt to cross the treacherous waters safely. The wild can be a dangerous place. There are several predators to several different types of prey. You never know what's going to happen. Unfortunately these wildebeest couldn't have seen any of this coming. Check out this crazy crocodiles ambush on wildebeest! Videographer / director: Shaurya Reshamwala Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Dwarf Dog MikeyGus Will Melt Your Heart: CUTE AS FLUFF2m30s

Dwarf Dog MikeyGus Will Melt Your Heart: CUTE AS FLUFF

This inspiring pup is refusing to let having dwarfism get in the way of living life to the fullest. German Shepherd Michelangelo Augustine - affectionately known as MikeyGus - was born to proud parents Spartacus and Temperance in Clarksville, Indiana, and at first he seemed just like the rest of his litter. At six weeks old his owners Amy and Heath Carkuff began to wonder if there was something wrong with the happy puppy as he was much clumsier than his siblings. The mischievous pup lives happily alongside his parents, Lilo the family Shuh Tzu, a brood of chickens and Biscotti the cow, who often lays against the fence so that MikeyGus can snuggle up to her. Videographer / director: Amy Carkuff Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Two-Toed Sloth Born at Memphis Zoo: ZooBorns2m17s

Two-Toed Sloth Born at Memphis Zoo: ZooBorns

A sweet baby Linne’s two-toed sloth has been welcomed by keepers at Memphis Zoo. The female infant - named Lua, meaning “moon” in Portuguese - was born on 17 March to parents Marilyn and Sparky and is the first successful birth of a Linne's two-toed sloth at the zoo. Mother Marilyn has birthed other infants that did not survive infancy, so zookeepers decided to hand-rear the new arrival to give her the best chance of survival. Videographer / director: ZooBorns Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Giraffes Go Neck-To-Neck In Epic Fight: SNAPPED IN THE WILD1m08s

Giraffes Go Neck-To-Neck In Epic Fight: SNAPPED IN THE WILD

Two giraffes come neck to neck to battle for the affections of a nearby female. Co-owners of Wild-Life Tours Steven Mecinski and Britt van Meegen were conducting a safari for guests in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park - a big five game reserve in KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa - when they spotted two male giraffes sizing each other up. Male giraffes use their necks as a weapon in dominance battles or to win the right to mate with females - cows - in a particular area. Videographer / director: Wild Life Tours Africa Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Jack Stevens

Venom The $500,000 American Bully4m12s

Venom The $500,000 American Bully

Meet the world’s most famous micro bully - Venom - who is valued at over $500,000. Thanks to his unmistakeable bodybuilder physique, the micro bully has collected fans from across the globe - including a dedicated fanbase in Brazil - but, first and foremost, he is a beloved family pet. Venom lives with Matt Siebenthal, his fiancé Deanne and his stepson Christian in Lake Worth, Florida, along with his fellow dogs King Tyson and Lucky Lucciano. At two-years-old the dog has become a fixture on the micro bully scene and has attracted some sky-high offers from his eager fans. Videographer / director: Kendri Rodriguez Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

Dog And Duck Are Inseparable Best Friends: CUTE AS FLUFF2m46s

Dog And Duck Are Inseparable Best Friends: CUTE AS FLUFF

A feisty duck has chosen a pretty unusual best friend - a loving golden retriever. Proud duck owner Pam Ishiguro has a flock of seven ducks but her four-year-old Pekin duck Rudy and golden retriever Barclay have formed the strongest bond. The Orange County-based mum said: “The animals are much like my two boys - they have a love-hate relationship. When they are together, somebody is always chasing or jumping on someone else, but when they are apart, they’re always calling for each other.” Videographer / director: Pam Ishiguro Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

The Crocodile Queen: BEAST BUDDIES7m31s

The Crocodile Queen: BEAST BUDDIES

A REPTILE obsessed mum is proving that crocodiles are a woman’s best friend. Savannah Boan works at Gatorland in Florida, home to approximately 2500 alligators and crocodiles of all shapes and sizes. She has only worked at the park for seven months, but it has been a lifelong dream to work with reptiles. And her special connection with the reptiles has already earned her the unique role of Crocodilian Enrichment Coordinator. Videographer / director: Francisco Hidalgo Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

The Crocodile Queen: BEAST BUDDIES7m31s

The Crocodile Queen: BEAST BUDDIES

A REPTILE obsessed mum is proving that crocodiles are a woman’s best friend. Savannah Boan works at Gatorland in Florida, home to approximately 2500 alligators and crocodiles of all shapes and sizes. She has only worked at the park for seven months, but it has been a lifelong dream to work with reptiles. And her special connection with the reptiles has already earned her the unique role of Crocodilian Enrichment Coordinator. Videographer / director: Francisco Hidalgo Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

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