South African football keeper scores goal


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30 November 2016

Baroka FC goalkeeper, Oscarine Masuluke, scores a last minute overhead kick winner.

A goalkeeper in South Africa has equalised for his team with a last-minute bicycle kick.

Baroka vs Orlando Pirates 1-1 / South African Premier Division

South African dung beetle video


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23 November 2016

A dung beetle rolls his dung ball away from a midden before another male comes in and steals it.

Many galaxies discovered by astronomers


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Astronomers just discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe hiding behind the Milky Way

23 November 2016

Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known structures in the universe. Called the Vela supercluster, the newly discovered object is a massive group of several galaxy clusters, each one containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies. “I could not believe such a major structure would pop up so prominently” after an observation of that region of space, said Renée Kraan-Korteweg, an astrophysicist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, in a press release. Kraan-Korteweg and her team published their discovery of the supercluster, named after the constellation Vela where it was found, in the Monthly Notices Letters of the Royal Astronomical Society.

From Science News:

Giant gathering of galaxies discovered hiding on far side of Milky Way

Astronomers plan to investigate Vela supercluster’s gravitational tug

By Christopher Crockett

7:00am, November 23, 2016

An immense wall of galaxies, stretching over 380 million light-years, is hiding beyond the far side of the Milky Way.

Dubbed the Vela supercluster, this galactic horde sits about 800 million light-years away in the constellation Vela, researchers report online November 8 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters. Despite its size and relative proximity, Vela has gone unnoticed because it is largely obscured by our own galaxy.

Superclusters — assemblages of groups of galaxies — are among the largest known structures in the universe. Following up on earlier hints that an uncharted supercluster might lurk nearby, Renée Kraan-Korteweg, an astronomer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and colleagues scoured a patch of sky bisected by a wall of stars that is part of the Milky Way. Using telescopes in South Africa and Australia, they measured distances to 4,432 galaxies and found that many, to the north and south of the wall, appear to be clumped together.

Vela could help solve a long-standing mystery. The Milky Way and dozens of other galaxies in the immediate neighborhood move together through space. Gravity from known superclusters can account for some of that motion, but not all of it. Astronomers don’t yet know the mass — and hence the gravitational influence — of Vela, but it could be partly responsible for nudging us along.

Star-starved galaxies fill the cosmos. As researchers find hundreds of galaxies with scarce starlight, questions pile up. By Christopher Crockett
11:00am, November 29, 2016: here.

South African snake escapes from bird


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BIRD vs SNAKE – Snake Uses Clever Technique to get Away

24 November 2016

Watch how cleverly deceptive the snake becomes by playing dead to fool its captor…

Awesome moment captured on film by 53 year old technician, Frank De Souza on 14 November 2016 in Marloth Park.

Frank told Latest Sightings: “I’ve seen many snakes over the years but never a southern vine snake. I know them to be very shy and highly venomous. There is no antidote if bitten by one of these snakes.

This was the first time I had ever seen a bird fighting a snake. There were 4 of us on a walk looking for birds to take pictures of when suddenly we saw a Grey Headed Bush-shrike on the dirt road jumping around and flying up and down.

As we slowly went closer we saw a snake not far off. The bush-shrike and snake began to fight each another until the snake pretended to be dead. The bird was not so easily fooled and the fighting then continued.

Suddenly the bird was now fighting with two snakes at the same time. We immediately started filming.

My wife Alida and I were both amazed to have captured this sighting, it was a fantastic experience.

The snake who originally acted dead woke up and shot off like a rocket into the bushes leaving the bird to attack the second snake until it also played dead. Finally he kept pulling the snake around and we left.”

Buffalo escapes from lions


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17 November 2016

This video is one of those that captured a sight that will never happen again…

The footage shows how the saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, plays its part in this poor buffalo’s life as a lioness, from a different pride from the lions killing it, indirectly saves its life.

Mike Kirkman, a professional guide at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve, filmed this once in a lifetime scene while guiding a drive with guests in the Mala Mala consession in the Greater Kruger National Park.

Mike isn’t a newbie to lion vs buffalo videos, he also sent in this outstandingly rare footage that has been viewed 2.4 million times. A video that he too submitted to our Film and Earn program, our program where amatuer and professional wildlife film-makers can earn revenue from their footage.

Adding to his luck, he saw another sighting recently where he got to film two rival prides of lion attacking and catching the same buffalo cow.

Mike was at a sighting where he was watching the two prides of lions a close distance apart from each other. One pride was given the name “Eyrefield” pride and the other the “Matshapiri” pride. The Lionesses of the Eyrefield pride chased the buffalo through the riverbed in a spectacular fashion, and caught one buffalo that couldn’t make it up the embankment in time. Then males of the Matshapiri pride saw an opportunity for a meal and quickly run over to help the lionesses bring down the buffalo.

When everyone watching thinks that it’s all over, that the buffalo is dead and the lions are going to have a filling meal, a lioness, belonging to the Matshapiri pride, tries to sneak in and join the action.

The rivalry between the two prides doesn’t let the Eyrefield lioness tolerate this and a huge fight ensues with all the lions attacking one another regardless of which side they are on. One even sees that not only do the two males attack one another, but also they attack the lioness on their own team.

This is now where the emotions in the viewer rise up!

In all this confusion, the buffalo gets up and makes her escape while the lions run after one another roaring.

It is like nothing even happened.

Baby impala’s first steps


This 11 November 2016 video from South Africa is called Impala lamb takes its first steps.

Ostriches mating video


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10 November 2016

This is certainly a fascinating video to watch! Most people have probably never seen the show a male ostrich puts on to woo his girl…

Caught on film by Law Firm Secretary, Rina Van Heerden (55) during a visit to Mabalingwe.

“After all the years of visiting Mabalingwe and other reserves this was definitely a first.

We were on an early morning game drive and stopped to watch some animals. Out of the blue a male ostrich came out from behind our vehicle and started this really interesting mating dance. We were all super excited to be witnessing this. The game ranger told us that this is not something one sees easily.

After his performance the male just got up and left.

Is still fascinating to me every time I see the video. Certainly something worth remembering”.