The U.S. State Department says it is "sickened" by a video that purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, adding that the intelligence community is working to authenticate the video. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Four lions were left with their tails between their legs when a mongoose bravely took on the predators. Despite being under two feet tall, the aggressive mongoose growled at the felines and even bit one on the nose. The shocking fight, which was photographed in 2011 but has just been released, began in the Masaai Mara National Park, Kenya, when photographer Jerome Guillaumot came across four young lions surrounding the terrified marsh mongoose. The lions chased the mongoose into a hole in the ground but the small animal reemerged to fight the predators once again before running for cover. For more information, visit http://www.wild-dog.fr/en
Videographer / Director: Jerome Guillaumot, Producer: Rebecca Lewis, Editor: Ian Phillips / Kyle Waters.
Lion vs buffalo: lions attempt to attack buffalo backfires
A LIONESS performs an acrobatic leap as she attempts to bring down a buffalo in the Londolozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Her sister chased down a young buffalo, but had done little more than slow it down, when the lioness appeared from nowhere to deliver what almost turned out to be the decisive blow. The predator launched herself at the oncoming beast, with no regard for the injuries she had sustained at the hands of male lions a few weeks earlier. Her astonishing leap enabled the two lionesses to get a throat hold - but the victory proved short-lived, as the buffalo herd soon arrived to rescue the stricken creature. As the sound of angry hooves grew closer, the lionesses decided the game was up and retreated to a safe distance.
Footage: Elizabeth Tucker, Producer: Tom Midlane, Editor: Ian Phillips.
THIS shocking footage shows the terrifying moment a lioness sinks its claws into a man's back. The attack took place during filming for a TV documentary in the Czech Republic in November 2013, but the footage has only just been released. The lioness had been domesticated since birth, but disaster nearly struck when she attacked one of the production team in the living room. Luckily, the owners were on hand to wrestle the lion off the man, leaving the victim with only scratches and cuts on the front and back of his body.
Producer: Hannah Mouland, Editor: Joshua Douglas.
A flying lion leaps from a ridge to catch a fleeing antelope in mid-air. The extraordinary take down happened after a pair of lionesses surprised two blesboks running in their direction. To escape, a frightened blesbok jumped several metres from the ridge - only to be intercepted mid-flight by the hungry lion. As one of the blesboks makes a lucky getaway the other is swiftly dispatched by the fearsome predators.
Videographer / Director: Joné Fick, Producer: Jack McKay, Editor: Joshua Douglas.
Is This the Most Painful Ice Bucket Challenge Yet?
Ryan Pflederer wanted to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the fundraising campaign for Lou Gehrig’s disease which took the US by storm throughout July and August. He asked one of his friends to dump a bucket of ice water over his head using an excavator. However, instead of being splashed with ice-cold water, Ryan appeared to be hit by the bucket when it fell. Many online are debating whether or not this is staged. What do you think? Credit: YouTube/Ryan Pflederer