2013: Wildlife videos

2013-12-13 08:41
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PICS: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

A South African photographer has been named BBC Worldwide and The Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Take a look at these spectacular pics.

Living in a country famous for its incredible natural beauty and fascinating wildlife, it’s no surprise that most South Africans seem to be particularly passionate about wildlife.

While it may sound like a bit of a wild assumption, we think the enthusiastic reader response we receive every time we post a wildlife video is rock solid proof.

We published a wide variety of wildlife videos from across the country and the globe throughout 2013, including anything and everything from scary charges by elephants, rhino and even giraffe to majestic predator prey interaction.

What we always love most about these videos is the comical background commentary - it's always highly amusing! 

Take a look the 10 that managed to draw the most views from readers.

10. Crazy giraffe chases safari vehicle (12 953)


Giraffes are known to be placid, gentle giants. However,it seems like even they have the ability to snap every once in a while. YouTube user, Henk Roos loaded this video of a crazed giraffe chasing their safari vehicle. The funny thing is that this wasn't the first or the last giraffe chase we published - a bunch of international tourists had a similar experience and a cyclist had to drop his bike and run in the Groenkloof Nature Reserve to get away from a set of long, angry legs. 

9. Lioness reacts to croc taking her cub (13 027)


An amazing video of a lioness reacting to a crocodile taking one of her 2 cubs. Taken at Crocodile Bridge Gate in the Kruger National Park. Spoiler alert: it's heart-breaking! 

8. How not to treat an elephant (15 839)


Following a spate of nasty incidents involving elephants and humans, this footage of a bakkie-driver taunting an elephant bull surfaced, raising many questions about the way human behaviour affects animal aggression. 

7. Jaguar attacks crocodile (18 137)


Check out this incredible National Geographic footage of a Jaguar pouncing on an unsuspecting Caiman in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands. According to Dr. Luke Dollar, a conservation scientist who helps manage National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative, Jaguar's are one of the panthera species with the best swimming skills.

6. Great White gets head in shark diving cage (19 501)


Watch as a great white shark ignores the bait and penetrates the cage during a shark cage dive in Ganbaai. Warning - profane language.

5. Man charges wild elephant (19 677)


This footage of Brian Thomas Masters, a Singita game ranger, chasing a wild elephant caused huge controversy earlier this year, as nature lovers found themselves questioning the integrity of those who are meant to serve and protect wildlife. Masters was axed from the Singita team shortly after the video went viral. He responded with an emotional apology.     

4. Impala escapes cheetah by jumping into car (22 211)


Imagine this scenario: you're on a game drive in the Kruger Park when you stumble upon an intense chase between a cheetah and an impala. You switch off the ignition and, glued to the edge of the car seat, watch the drama unfold. When suddenly... you're part of it, as the nervous impala jumps practically onto your lap. Well, that really happened, have a look!  

3. Wildebeest overpowers lion (22 823)


A lion got a lot more than he bargained for when the Wildebeest he was attacking, turned on him and for all intents and purposes, predator became prey.  

2. Serval attacks puff adder (25 666)


While they may not count among the Big5, getting to spot a secretive Serval during a game drive is a pretty big deal... and when you catch one attacking a puff adder with gusto? Well that's pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime.

1. Orca whales chase speedboat (26 563)


Spectacular or scary? This video of orca whales riding the wake of a speedboat had our readers sharing wildly. Check it out for yourself. 

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