Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mountain biker gets blind-sided by a wild animal in South Africa

The hit is much like the one San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis might lay on a running back in the open field -- a blind-sided tackle that knocks the running back's helmet off.

Except in this case, the linebacker is a Red Hartebeest -- something like a deer with curly horns -- and the running back is a mountain biker competing in a mountain bike race in Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve in South Africa.

Watch mountain biker Evan van der Spuy of Team Jeep South Africa get blind-sided and nearly have his block knocked off. It isn't pretty, but we're happy to report that the mountain biker does eventually stand up in the end. The helmet, however, did not survive.

Take a look at this major ouch: 
(NFSW warning: Beware of the "Holy cow, [expletive]" from Spuy's teammate, Travis Walker, who was filming from behind.)

Incredibly -- and luckily -- Spuy avoided a second collision a little while later, narrowly avoiding another mountain bike racer and he flies by down the trail.

Uh, guys? You might want to move away from the trail.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Killer whale imitates a boat motor in killer video

Killer whales are found in all the oceans of the world and generally live in pods, sticking together like most good families do. But the one whale in this video apparently strayed away.

Evidence suggests it has been hanging around motor boats way too long.

In the video, we see the whale swim up to the back of a boat and come nose-to-nose with the Johnson outboard motor. Then it does the most curious thing. It starts imitating the motor. It even sounds as if it is running out of gas half-way through the video.

It's probably safe to say that this killer whale is the black sheep of the pod.

Thanks Animal Planet!

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Bears on a hammock provide funny video in N.J.

Humans aren't the only ones that recognize the comfort of a hammock for a pleasant afternoon snooze. Bears do, too. If only they can figure it out.

A pair of cubs did their best to figure it out, and were captured on video recently by a New Jersey woman, who shared the footage of the baby bears with ABC.

Interestingly, the same woman videotaped an adult bear on the same hammock a year ago. That bear actually did figure it out and enjoyed a good snooze.

See for yourself:

Thanks to the Chicago Tribune!

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