Alex the Lion Stroke-King

British wildlife expert Alex Larenty, 50, calms the savage cats with gentle foot-rubs. Alex, originally of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, moved to South Africa in 1999. He started massaging Jamu, nine, after putting insect repellent on him one day. He said: “I gave him a scratch and massage and he rolled around with his tongue out. Now he adores massages — his favourite game is This Little Piggy.”

World’s Smallest Horse

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The little horse was born to Paul and Kay Goessling, who specialize in breeding miniature horses, but even for the breed Thumbelina is particularly small. She is thought to be a dwarf version of the breed. At just 60 lb and 17-inch tall, the 5 year old Thumbelina is the world’s smallest horse..

Spear fisherman

Photographer Stephane Ducandas captured this incredible moment of a spear fisherman frozen mid-air as he leaps to catch a fish. Part of a sea clan, living almost entirely from fish and other sea creatures, the fisherman shows off his incredible skill and accuracy in the beautiful tropical paradise on Loyalty Island Province, part of New Caledonia – a small group of islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Stéphane, who lives on the islands, captured the amazing photo using his DSLR camera in a specialist underwater waterproof bag to protect it from the water and using his reactions to snap the photo at the perfect time.

Tree of Life

This giant tree is not the stoutest in the country. There are at least two baobabs with larger trunk diameters – Glencoe Baobab with the incredible diameter of 15.9 metres (unfortunately this tree split into two parts in November 2009) and Sunland Baobab with 10.64 m diameter. But the Sagole tree is the largest one in overall appearance and possibly – the largest one in trunk volume. Tree unites amazing trunk size with a circumference of approximately 32.8 meters (3.) with the significant height of 22 metres.

Great Bear Rainforest

Sometimes you can see both the forest and the trees. The Great Bear Rainforest, the planet’s largest intact coastal temperate rain forest, is an untamed strip of land stretching 250 miles along British Columbia’s coast that harbors extensive tracts of giant hemlock, Sitka spruce, and red cedar. The mighty trees rise high above a moist and ferny forest floor patrolled by coastal wolves, minks, Canada’s largest grizzly bears, and rare white Kermode spirit bears.

Fun Fact: The rain forest’s most celebrated resident is the Kermode bear, or spirit bear. A recessive genetic mutation causes these black bears to be born with cream-colored fur. One in three black bears on Gribbell Island is white.