As much as we’d all like to believe this is a wondrous tale of friendship wherein two mates go on an epic adventure featuring a baby weasel and his magnificent flying steed, sadly it’s not. It’s a photo of a weasel trying to kill a woodpecker. The photographer, Martin Le-May from Essex, said he “feared the worst” for the green bird after hearing “distressed squawking” during its struggle with the mammal at Hornchurch Country Park. After Le-May managed to capture the incredible image – which has become a huge hit on Twitter since it was taken earlier today – the creature managed to escape with its life.
Despite being a banned breed in the UK, breeders Marlon and Lisa Grennan say monster dog ‘the Hulk’ is 100 per cent trusted with their young son. Despite the lethal potential of 12-stone Hulk and the couple’s many other dogs, three-year-old Jordan has grown up with them within arm’s reach. The couple’s company Dark Dynasty K9s supplies animals to high-profile celebrities, billionaires and wealthy professionals – as well as law enforcement around the world. They are trained to have ‘no fear’ and some specialist dogs can even run up the side of fences and walls to reach second-floor windows. Many their dogs share their house on a sprawling 150-acre ranch in New Hampshire, USA. The dogs include more than a dozen highly trained pit bulls – and a single chihuahua.
You’re probably familiar with the pre-roll ads on YouTube videos that let you skip them after 5 seconds. In Geico’s new “unskippable” pre-roll ad there’s no need to skip it because it only lasts 5 seconds, but this extended version reveals the hilarity that happens after the ad ends. That dog has better comedic timing than 90% of the stand up comedians I’ve ever seen.
“This is my mother when she was viciously attacked by a pit bull during the ALS ice bucket challenge. She lived to tell the tale and didn’t want this released until she was ready. This should serve as a warning to all pet owners. Unless you are going to take the time to make an animal a pet then it will remain an animal. This was my sister’s dog who she only kept to stud out for breeding purposes. she took no time to train him or make him listen. He was a wild dog and she should be ashamed for keeping him out of selfishness and not love.”
A fisherman in Italy has caught a giant cannibalistic fish weighing in at a hefty 120kg. Dino Ferrari hooked the Wels catfish, measuring 2.7m in length, last week in the Po Delta in northern Italy. It’s so huge it could be the biggest catfish ever caught with a rod and reel. Wels catfish can grow as long as 4m and weigh up to 390kg, although it is extremely rare to catch one over two metres long. They are known to even eat pigeons who have strayed too close, and can live up to 80 years old.
A teenage boy has described in graphic detail the moment a five-metre great white shark mauled his friend to death, and how he managed to miraculously escape. It was a spear gun which ultimately saved the life of Matt Pullella. He had been spearfishing with 17-year-old friend Jay Muscat at Cheynes Beach near Albany, Western Australia, when the pair was set upon from behind by a monster-sized shark.
“We often set up a rope with a fish attached to it in order to chum up, this attracts other big fish. On this day, a Tiger Shark came up the berley trail and took a liking to the chum line. No, the Shark was not harmed in anyway.” – Youngbloods Spearfishing
In the Philippines, the 6,000 year-old sport of cockfighting has been transformed into a fully-legal, billion dollar industry. Known locally as Sabong, it takes place in 2,500 dedicated stadiums across the country and kills an estimated 30 million roosters each year. A few months back, VICE Australia hit the cockpits and hatcheries of Manila. There we met the breeders, trainers, and philosophers who help make Sabong the Philippines’s national obsession.
Australia’s greyhound racing industry is in turmoil after a Four Corners report revealed conclusive evidence of live baiting during secret training sessions. Live baiting has been banned and criminalised for decades, but trainers and owners across the country have been using the illegal training method in the belief that it will improve a dog’s performance.