Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Reporter faints during live interview but recovers nicely

KUTV reporter Brooke Graham was conducting a live interview about cross country skiing at Mountain Dell Golf Course near Salt Lake City, Utah, over the weekend when she fainted, falling in a heap while standing in a pair of cross country skis.

Graham recovered nicely, though, first saying she was throwing it back to the anchors after she “slipped and fell,” but then proceeded with the interview as if nothing happened. Watch:

An embarrassing moment, but Graham handled it like a pro.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Highliners complete a first: Highline across line stretched between two cable cars 1,200 feet over French Alps

Originally posted at GrindTV Outdoor

Two daredevils accomplished what certainly must be a first when they successfully walked across a two-inch wire stretched 197 feet between two cable cars 1,247 feet above the French Alps near Mont Blanc. Frenchmen Julien Millot and Trancrede Melet, expert base jumpers and highliners who both admit to being afraid of heights, completed the daring feat one by one while attached to a safety rope as camera crews captured the moments in photos and videos. ITN New has the astonishing story in the above video.

The stunt was performed to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Paradiski ski resort and the cable car transport system, said to be one of the largest in the world. Millot and Melet were perfect for the task, considering they are members of a group called Skyliners that travels the globe performing various stunts and extreme sports such as highlining and rock climbing, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. Hard to believe they’d be afraid of heights, though.

“We’re all scared of heights,” Millot said in the ITN. “It can show differently on different people. What is common to both of us is that despite being afraid of heights, we love to play with heights on a daily basis. We like to confront ourselves to heights whether being on the highline or jumping, and with our friends we use heights because we want to make the most out of nature.”

In a separate interview on a EuroNewsCenter report (see it below), Melet added, “We have no choice but to trust our equipment because it’s our lifeline. Our approach is to go step by step. We don’t overestimate or underestimate ourselves. We just do what we can when we’re ready. Julien and I are both engineers so we are rigorous with the installations, and that allows us to have a clear mind and avoid any dangerous hazards.”

So, with clear minds and dangerous hazards avoided, the Frenchmen went about completing a walk between two cable cars. Amazing.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Seal climbs onto duck hunter in video titled 'Seal attacks hunter!'

A pair of duck hunters in the Cape Cod area were in a boat surrounded by decoys when a friendly visitor arrived on the scene. A seal. Not only did the seal approach the boat, but it jumped into the boat and onto one of the hunters, who relinquished his camera to the other hunter to capture this video:

“It all happened fast,” the hunter said. “All I was thinking about was the thing biting my face because he was so close. I could feel his breath on my face. It was scary, cool, and exciting all at the same time."

The hunters are a part of a sea duck hunting group called Ocean State Outfitters in New England. They surmised that the seal might simply have been trying to avoid a shark, since that area of the Cape is known for sharks.

Unfortunately, we don't know exactly what happened at the end. 

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Alligator chomps down on Burmese Python in Florida Everglades

When it comes to a battle between an alligator and Burmese Python, which would you pick as the top predator?

As it turned out in this case, witnessed by Steve Greene from a bridge—and seen in his photo above—it was the alligator.

Greene reported the alligator and python incident to the Everglades National Park Facebook page: “I saw this... as you are heading to Royal Palm. The Gator was thrashing around which caught my attention. The gator was moving fast and very determined to get under the bridge.”

The Burmese Python is an exotic and invasive species living in the Everglades and I’m pretty certain the Everglades National Park was happy to see the alligator winning this battle, since officials have been trying everything to control the fast-growing population of Burmese Pythons in the park.

But we must point out that the alligator doesn’t always win this battle. The Everglades National Park says, “sometimes it’s the reverse.”

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Incredible video shows buffalo sending lion flying into air

As first reported in GrindTV Outdoor: 

First, let it be stated up front that no animals were harmed in the making of this video, except perhaps the ego of a young lion getting badly bruised, as suggested by Barcroft TV in its post.

Two young lions were stalking a buffalo in the Mjejane Reserve on the border of Kruger National Park in South Africa when one lion decided to pounce. After bringing its prey down, the lion thought it would be enjoying a fresh meal of buffalo. It thought wrong. Watch as a bull buffalo comes to the rescue to save its friend, sending the lion flying in this amazing wildlife video that has generated nearly 28 million views:

Ian Matheson, 52, and his son Oliver, 16, were on an early morning drive in Kruger Park when they noticed the lions stalking the African buffalo, a.k.a. a cape buffalo. They watched for 45 minutes until one lion finally brought the buffalo down, as the prey cried out for help. Soon, the cavalry arrived in the form of a bull buffalo, which launched the lion in the air.

One commenter on the Barcroft TV YouTube post said, “I love this!! I always watch these lions attack and brutally kill their prey. It’s about time they get a taste of their own medicine!”

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Starling murmurations create nature video like no other

A flock of 10,000 starlings put on quite an impressive show near Gretna, Scotland, with a photographer capturing the imagination with still photos of a gorilla, two dolphins, and a giant bird painted in the sky by starling  murmuration, featured in the U.K. MailOnline.

Photographer Paul Bunyard of England went a step further by filming the spectacle of nature and putting it to music. Use your imagination and you might see a whale, a racecar, and any number of other images. The amazing display is pure poetry in motion. Enjoy:

Gretna Green Starling Murmurations from Paul Bunyard on Vimeo.

MailOnline reported that the weight of the starlings resting on electricity wires caused minor power outages in a rural village near Gretna, which has a population of around 2,000. But the starlings were a welcomed sight when in flight.

“People can see in them what they like,” photographer Owen Humphreys told MailOnline.

So why do the starlings make these creative gyrations?

“There are several theories as to why starlings gather in this way,” Chris Collett of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds told MailOnline. “Some say it’s for fun, or for communication, but the most likely reason is for survival, the theory being that the sheer number of birds will confuse a bird of prey.”

Whatever the reason, we get to enjoy the show.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Snow geese flock creates a tsunami in the sky

Maikel Parets was videotaping a massive flock of snow geese resting on a baseball field in Richmond, British Columbia, earlier this week when suddenly the flock decided to take flight—right at him.

The alarming sight and deafening sound resemble something out of an Alfred Hitchcock or Stephen King horror movie. Parets says “Oh my God” at least six times on the video, presumably worried about the fallout since he didn’t have an umbrella. Watch his appropriately named video entitled, “Geese Tsunami”:

According to the Global News in Canada, these are “Lesser Snow Geese” that migrated into Canada from Russia.
Varri Raffan of the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary told Global News that it is not surprising to see this many geese together, as they are really family oriented and stick together for migration and feeding, and the area could get up to 70,000 geese.

You just won’t want to be in their flight path, as the unfortunate woman in the last seconds of the video (at bottom) proves.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Funny video shows venomous snake on windshield shocking Aussies

Two Australians were driving along in Brisbane when suddenly they noticed a snake crawling along the base of the windshield outside the car. Not just any snake, mind you, but a venomous red-bellied black snake. They stopped the car, and Ben Lehmann shot video as the two tried to determine the best method of removing the creepy crawler. “Do we hit the wipers?” Lehmann asks. “I don’t want to hurt him.” When he decides to hit the windshield wipers, the reaction is hysterical. Watch the edited and bleeped version of this funny video from 9News National:

Lehmann wrote on his original post on YouTube, “Driving down a 3 lane road at 70 km/hr when this little fella pops his head up and says G’Day. Excuse the swearing. I got a little excited.”

You can watch the original funny video in its entirety here, though it is filled with expletives, as is the follow-up video that shows how the snake finally drops off the car.

Fortunately, 9News National gives us the entire episode in edited form, along with informing us that the red-bellied black snake venom is rarely fatal but causes blood clots, and muscle and nerve damage.

Wrote one commenter, “[It’s] not as bad as finding a giant Huntsman spider INSIDE the car whilst you are driving.”

We suspect video of that could be just as hilarious.

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