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Stephan Greyvenstein was traveling in the Kruger National Park when he came across this sighting. He spotted an injured kudu bull next to the road; “we don’t know how it got injured. Then suddenly, right out of the corner of our eyes, we spotted 2 hyenas. These hyenas saw the kudu and gave chase. They chased it right in front of the car before bringing it to the ground and starting to eat it alive." “While all of this was happening, my battery went flat and I, unfortunately, couldn’t finish filming the sighting. The time was running out for us to be out and about before the gates closed for the day, so we had to leave these hyenas to enjoy their meal alone.”
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Kotap has spent the last two years of his life locked up in a box, listening to the world outside go by. When he was discovered, all he had for company was a plastic bottle and a straw. His only visitor was the man who kept him locked up. But now he has been set free from his one square metre box. Kotap is four years old and he was saved by the International Animal Rescue in Borneo. ‘His captor, a man named Baco, claimed to have been given the orangutan by some people he met in the village of Ketapang. ‘Baco had spotted the small baby ape in a cardboard box and agreed to take him home and look after him. However he soon became concerned that Kotap would disturb the neighbours and so built a cage for him at the front of his house. ‘He had fed Kotap on a diet of human food, including bread and rice. Baco claimed that the orangutan’s favourite meal was uncooked instant noodles, washed down with a sachet of sugary drink. ‘Officials from the forestry department (BKSDA) had visited the man in his home in Rabak village on a previous occasion but been unable to persuade him to surrender Kotap. ‘However, by taking the time to talk to him and explain the desperate plight of orangutans in Borneo, they convinced him that he must act in the best interests of the animal – and in compliance with the law – and hand Kotap over. ‘When the door of the box was opened and vet Uwi extended her hand to Kotap, at first he was frightened and ran to the back of the box where he couldn’t be reached. ‘After years in the darkness, he clearly found the sight and sound of the outside world quite terrifying.’ Uwi said: ‘Kotap was very stressed by all the strangers who gathered to see him when he was taken out of the box. He became nervous and aggressive which is not surprising. ‘So during the long journey back to the centre we kept people away from him so that he remained as quiet and calm as possible.’ Alan Knight, Chief Executive, said: ‘This poor orangutan had been kept alone in the dark for two long years. ‘He was deprived of everything that an orangutan needs to survive in the wild. At four years old, he should still be with his mother, learning from her how to climb and move through the forest, what foods to eat and what to avoid, and how to build a nest in the trees to sleep in each night. ‘Instead, Kotap lived a sad and solitary existence, unable to exercise or behave in any way like a wild orangutan. He was fed an unsuitable diet that could have made him seriously ill. Thankfully now he will join other rescued orangutans at our centre and be given a chance of returning to the forest where he belongs.’ Karmele Llano Sanchez, Programme Director, said: ‘It’s high time people realised that, if they keep breaking the law by capturing orangutans and keeping or selling them as pets, then the species will soon become extinct. ‘Anyone who is offered an orangutan should certainly not buy it. They should immediately contact the authorities and report the person trying to sell it. And if people are not willing to cooperate by surrendering the orangutan and persist in breaking the law, then the necessary action must be taken to enforce it.’
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Weighing in at 440lbs, the huge shark nearly doubled the previous record of 228lb in Georgia.
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This is the insane moment a huge outraged ostrich starts a fearsome fight with an unsuspecting man. In the Northwest Province of South Africa, Tienie Van Wyk is about to be taught formidable lesson by a frenzied ostrich, who didn’t take kindly to the engineer’s presence. Standing in front of the boisterous bird, as it flares its wings in anger, suddenly Tienie is bowled to the floor by the incensed ostrich, who ploughs into him like a feathered freight-train. As Tienie is thrown backwards, the bird continues to maul the former ostrich farmer with a series of pecks and kicks, before thankfully being chased away by on-lookers. Tienie, from Brakpan, South Africa, who grew up on an ostrich farm, said: “I landed on a thorn bush and was covered in scratches, but other than that, luckily I was fine.
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A Good Samaritan jumped into icy waters to save a drowning stray dog and was hoisted out of the water and up a wall with it in his lap. The rescue took place in the city of Voronezh in south-western Russia's Voronezh Oblast region.
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A Good Samaritan smashed a stranger's car window to free a trapped dog that was dying in the heat while its owner went for pizza. Clive Oxley, 49, went to the rescue of the stricken springer spaniel after a friend spotted it locked in a tourist's 4x4 in a seaside car park in St Ives, Cornwall. Mr Oxley, who runs a property maintenance business, saw the panting dog struggling to breathe - so smashed a rear side window of the Kia and rescued it. The owner returned soon after and screamed when she saw police by her car, before admitting she had left the dog for an hour and a half while she went to Pizza Express. Mr Oxley, 49, said: 'There is no reason at all to leave a dog in that state. But for something as insignificant as going for a pizza is unbelievable. 'The woman came back and started screaming at me. She said she'd just been to Pizza Express. By the time she got there the police were there too. 'When she came back she said "oh God, my dog. It is lucky it is not dead". I told her 'too right you are lucky it is not dead.' 'She was a holidaymaker and was really embarrassed. She claimed she'd only gone for an hour and a half. Inside it was estimated to be 125F (52C). 'That poor dog was absolutely boiling in a tiny cage with no water and no air. You couldn't even touch the roof of the car, it was flipping boiling.' Mr Oxley, who filmed the rescue on his mobile phone, added: 'I had to smash the window and get the dog out. I would do what I did again any time if I needed to. 'I would tell anyone in my situation - just smash it and get it out. It was virtually breathless when we finally got it out. It wouldn't have had long left. 'She got the dog and walked off down the road. Ten minutes later we saw her husband driving his car to the police station.' The video was filmed last Friday around noon – on a day when temperatures reached about 15C (59F) in the South West. Devon and Cornwall Police said people had the right to break into a car if they believe a dog is in distress. A spokesman said: 'With warm weather, we always see a rise in the number of reports of dogs being left in cars. 'The temperature can rise very quickly inside a car during the summer months, dogs do not have the ability to cool themselves down and therefore can suffer from heatstroke which can be fatal. 'Police have the right to break the window of a car to free the animal if they believe that a dog is in distress. 'If a member of public sees a dog in a car in a warm day please call the police immediately and we will advise from there.'
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"Grant shared the video with LatestSightings.com and told us more about his find: “We had come across 3 cheetah brothers that had just killed a wildebeest. We were enjoying this incredible sighting since cheetahs are an extremely rare sighting in the Pilanesberg. We noticed how the cheetahs seemed very skittish and nervous, they had obviously sensed something was out of place. Then we excitedly caught a glimpse of an approaching pack of wild dogs. They started to approach from the right-hand side, we couldn't believe it. The dogs had noticed the 3 cheetahs on the kill and knew that this was an easy opportunity to get a free meal. The wild dogs started to intimidate the cheetahs and, after a while successfully chased the cheetahs away and finished off the kill in their seemingly brutal way. It was incredible to witness such an event. The power of the wild dogs taunting the cheetahs and the noises that the dogs were making were so overpowering and haunting, everything was spine chilling. We were so blessed to be at this sighting. It was life changing. It had taken us 15 years to see the wild dogs in Pilanesberg."
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One large North Carolina alligator clamped its mighty jaws around a thrashing rival¿s head as the pair tussle in a lake at Ocean Ridge Plantation.
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This is the heart-warming moment a little deer was rescued after becoming stuck in the mud. The pint-sized creature was stuck in heavy slime and appeared to have exhausted itself trying to escape from the muddy hole. Quick-thinking rescuers used a large digger to scoop up the creature, which was already half-submerged in the mud. The operator has to be extremely careful that the massive claws of the digger don't hurt the fawn, which is hard to see in the mud. Luckily however the rescue mission proceeds exactly as planned, and the little deer is deposited down on more solid ground. The fawn looks a bit confused as she stands up with a wobble - her muscles weak from having sat down for so long. One of the rescuers says: 'There you go! Run baby run!' The deer takes a confused look back at her filmers, clearly a bit befuddled on how it got in and out of this mess. It then takes a few tentative steps before looking to make its way out of the quarry.
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Gator wanders onto Florida golf course
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