I'm the leader of the pack now, mum! Lion cub tries to be chief of the pride

Cheeky lion cub was with its family in Kruger National Park, South Africa. The lioness had five adorable cubs with her as she strode along the road

A little one running off is every mother's worst nightmare and it is no different in the animal kingdom - even for those at the top of the food chain.

This lioness was forced to chase after her mischievous little cub when it decided to strike out on its own and lead the pack.

The lions were snapped walking along a road in the Kruger National Park in South Africa by photographer and wildlife enthusiast Hendri Venter.

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks - Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management.

Baby Hippo Tries Really Hard To Play With Crocodile (Video)

This is a baby hippo names George — and instead of being scared of the crocodiles who live near him on the Turgwe Hippo Trust in Zimbabwe, he wants to play with them.

"George was most definitely playing," explains Karen Paolillo of the Turgwe Hippo Trust , who captured the footage. "He does that often with crocs it is a game just like a puppy or a kitten."

Nine-month-old George is out to prove that interspecies friendships come in all shapes and sizes.

According to Paolillo, this friendship (however one-sided it might seem) is not unusual. "Often hippos groom crocodiles licking their tails and hind quarter areas," she explained on YouTube. "They lie close together without any hassle on the sandbanks."

At the end of the video though, George goes back to his real best friend ... his mom.

Listen to Yup'ik elder telling some scary traditional stories

When John Active was a little boy growing up in Bethel, he used to listen to stories around his grandmother's table. Growing up with no TV or radio, Active, now 65, would sit and listen as his grandmother Maggie Lind and other elders would entertain each other for hours with stories of the supernatural.

Little people. Spirits. Bigfoot and yeti-like creatures. Ghouls. “All kinds of creatures,” Active said.

He said as a youth he would tell scary stories with his friends, then run back home spooked. “That was our entertainment,” he said.

Phyllis Morrow, anthropologist professor and dean emerita at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who studies myths, said it's complicated to figure out why exactly so many cultures tell scary stories. They can be entertaining or educational or they can be cautionary or metaphoric.

Often though, it comes down to lessons learned.

“People respond to a creepy story because there's a certain kind of thrill and awe to them about the things that are unknown in life,” Morrow said. “And they tell you something about being part of your people and being part of your group.”

Active agreed. He now goes around the state, to schools around Alaska, to share the stories he knows -- both spooky, and not -- in an effort to share the culture.

“It's about trying to pass on the information -- if they'll listen,” he said, “so we can continue to live the Yup'ik ways.”

Conway flood evacuees save Lucky the dog

 Severe rain and flooding across the East Coast has forced more than a thousand residents to flee their homes. But amid so much devastation and uncertainty, one furry flood victim not only escaped with his life, he made a new friend in the process.

Severe rain and flooding across the East Coast has forced more than a thousand residents to flee their homes. But amid so much devastation and uncertainty, one furry flood victim not only escaped with his life, he made a new friend in the process.

The next day, after talking with some other neighbors, Scroggins learned the person who had left Lucky all alone seemed to have no interest in getting him back. On top of that, this wasn't the first time one of the owner's animals needed to be saved from neglect.

"I feel like he understands what happened, 'cause now he refuses to leave my side," said Scroggins. "It makes me feel better knowing the dog is in a better place than he was. If you see someone in need of help and you can do something, then do something — that goes for people and animals. If you can help out, try. That's what I hope people take away from this."

 Poor dog waiting for help



You've probably never seen so many bald eagles in one place.

 Bald eagles might be scarce in the lower 48 of the United States, but the noble national bird is in abundance in the unusually named and lovely town of Unalaska, Alaska.

 Typically depicted as noble lone hunters, bald eagles will be happy to accept a free lunch just like the rest of us would. This flash mob of angry birds apparently couldn't pass up their favorite food.

Apparently, word got out among the eagles that it was lunchtime. Can you blame them? Free food!

According to video owner "there is a box of fish in the back of this truck and the eagles have discovered it! They are all fighting to get to the fish in the box. Since the fish was frozen they weren't able to get too much of the fish and the owner of the truck was very glad about that! There is never a dull moment in Dutch Harbor/Unalaska with the eagles around!"


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