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MEET the certified animal trainer who takes your naughty dog, cat, horse - or pig! - and turns them into your dream pet. 33-year-old Mikkel Becker, uses reward-based training programmes to help stressed owners gain more control over their best animal buddies. With the help of her own expertly-trained dog, Indiana Bones, Mikkel works her magic in veterinary and rescue centres, client homes and ‘doggy resorts’ across the United States. Mikkel gained her qualifications as a youngster, graduating from the rigorous San Francisco SPCA Dog Training Academy - and she hasn’t looked back since. Now Mikkel, who resides in Seattle, WA, uses her social media following to spread positivity with regards to animal training.

A WILDLIFE ranger has captured dramatic footage of a wounded hippopotamus fighting off FIVE adult lions. 28-year-old field guide, Daniel Bailey, positioned his camera just metres away from the awe-inspiring attack in the middle of the MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa. As the giant hippo tried to find its way to a limited supply of water, in the dry month of May 2018, two male lions just happened to be sleeping on the ridge line above. With the hippo racing around, the male lions were alerted and called for their pride as three lionesses quickly approached the scene, along with four of their cubs. The adult predators went to work and tried to take the distressed hippo down by biting and clawing at its back. Described as ‘never-before-seen action’, it seems as though the hungry pride bit off more than it could chew on this occasion, as the hippo battled to safety.

A MINNESOTAN man lives with three giant English Mastiffs who weigh a combined 630lbs. Joe Thompson lives with his three English Mastiffs and his family in Duluth, Minnesota. The largest of the three dogs – two-year-old Harrison – weighs a whopping 250lbs, while his housemates Ringo and Paul weigh 218lbs and 170lbs respectively. Joe got the first of the three dogs six years ago after his dad was diagnosed with cancer and then began breeding the huge dogs. English Mastiffs are renowned for being the world’s heaviest dogs and Joe’s pets are in huge demand for breeding – charging up to $3000 a time.

AN ANIMAL lover sees his two grizzly bears as family members after raising them from cubs. Jeff Watson from Paoli, Indiana has been a bear handler for more than 29 years. His bears, Bob and Screech were given to him as cubs by a tourist attraction in Georgia that was going out of business. Now seven years old, the bears live with Jeff and also form part of his educational presentations where he teaches people how to co-exist more safely with the grizzlies.

A YOUNG woman is preparing to make the move to live with her long-distance boyfriend in Thailand and care for the world’s deadliest snakes. 18-year-old Lara Mlinaric from Croatia, met 22-year-old reptile-enthusiast Christopher Sharron, aged 22, on the internet when she asked him a question about one of her animals. The pair hit it off and Lara is now preparing to move to Bangkok to be with Chris and start their own centre dealing with the rehabilitation of venomous snakes. Chris owns over 60 snakes including a King Cobra which has a bite capable of injecting enough neurotoxic venom to kill 20 people.

A MARRIED COUPLE who share their city apartment with their pet puma say that they consider the big cat a part of their family. Sergey and Marina Ross, both aged 32, live with their 2-year-old mountain lion, Irma in their apartment in central Moscow. They adopted Irma from a zoo one year ago, after hearing that they intended to put her down because they could no longer afford to keep her. The big cat initially did not allow Sergey or Marina to touch her - but after months of adjusting to her new surroundings, she has eventually learned to love and trust them. Now, the couple have regular cuddles with the 38kg cat and Sergey says that he sometimes even sleeps next to her.

DRAMATIC footage shows a diver being bitten on the leg by a shark off the coast of Egypt – and somehow, he survives. In June 2018, Alexander Kraenkl, had been diving in the Red Sea for 50 minutes before encountering the oceanic whitetip shark. The 51-year-old, who lives in Austria, spotted the predator swimming towards him and tried to grab the anchor rope to lift himself to safety – but it was too late. The shark viciously bit Alexander’s right thigh, just below a safety item hanging from his dive vest. Needing urgent attention with his leg bleeding out, Alexander quickly parachuted himself to safety on board their boat, with the shark swimming in the opposite direction.

TWO animal-loving brothers have welcomed an unconventional housemate into their home - an adult African Masai lion. Hamzah and Hassan Hussain, from Karachi in Pakistan have been raising the beast ever since he was just two weeks old. The brothers fondly call him Simba, after Disney’s hit animated movie The Lion King and started looking after the cub after his mum stopped feeding him. The brothers share an intimate bond with the 26-month-old lion and he is often seen accompanying them on their walks and even driving around Karachi in their CAR.

TWO animal-loving brothers have welcomed an unconventional housemate into their home - an adult African Masai lion. Hamzah and Hassan Hussain, from Karachi in Pakistan have been raising the beast ever since he was just two weeks old. The brothers fondly call him Simba, after Disney’s hit animated movie The Lion King and started looking after the cub after his mum stopped feeding him. The brothers share an intimate bond with the 26-month-old lion and he is often seen accompanying them on their walks and even driving around Karachi in their CAR.

HANDSOME lion wrangler Shandor Larenty is so busy with his lions and hyenas - who like to give him kisses - has no time for romantic relationships with girls. While his friends were out partying and enjoying their teens, the dedicated 24-year-old was working night shifts at The Lion Park near Johannesburg, South Africa, mucking out hyenas, watching over sick lions, or doing special night feeds with injured giraffes. While Shandor admits he’s doing his “dream job”, the work is demanding it means he has no time for a love life. Thankfully he does get affection from somewhere, but it’s usually from his furry friends at the park like Themba the hyena.

A DOG breeder from California claims to have resurrected a breed of giant guard dogs, weighing 200lbs. Marcus Curtis, 45, of Riverside, is the proud owner of a 212-pound monster ‘American Molossus’ dog named ‘Old World Sasquatch’. The 18-month-old beast is the result of Marcus’ mission to bring back what he calls the ‘Old World Molossus’ breed; dogs which are said to have guarded the leaders of the ancient world around 5000BC. Marcus told Barcroft Studios: “When people see Sasquatch, jaws drop. People are in shock and amazement when they see these giant beasts.” Marcus now sells ‘American Molossus puppies’ for five thousand dollars, but there’s a long waiting list for one of the rare pups.

A DRAMATIC set of pictures show a man nearly being swallowed by a Bryde’s Whale off Port Elizabeth Harbour. Rainer Schimpf, 51, has worked as a dive tour operator in South Africa for over 15 years. But in February, he experienced something very rare – the inside of a whale’s mouth. In perfect sea conditions, Rainer and his team set off to document a sardine run – a natural event where gannets, penguins, seals, dolphins, whales and sharks work together to gather the fish into bait balls. Rainer and his colleagues film the expedition for educational and environmental purposes.Split into two groups, Rainer led his team into the ocean, about 25 nautical miles from shore.But it was when the sea suddenly churned up that the team knew something strange was happening.

THE WORLD’S most famous micro bully - Venom – has become one of America’s most valuable dogs thanks to his ability to produce lookalike, muscular pups. According to owner Matt Siebenthal, Venom has up to three stud services per week, and each puppy is sold for around $8000. In a year Venom’s puppies in combination with his Stud Service can easily generate sales of over a million dollars, with Matt struggling to keep up with demand. Venom has gained fame worldwide for his unmistakeable bodybuilder physique and lives with his owner Matt Siebenthal, Matt’s wife Deanne and their son Christian in Lake Worth, Florida. Venom’s ability to produce puppies who look exactly the same as him has led Matt and Deanne to launch Venom’s own line, called Venomline, with Venom’s fame helping the American Bully became one of the fastest growing breeds in 2018.

MEET the brave Czech family who spend their days living with big cats – including a tiger that weighs 44 stone. Petr Augustÿn manages Fauna Park, a sanctuary that houses more than 150 animals and 40 different species, from monkeys and meerkats to tigers and cougars. With the help of his family at their home in Lipová, Czech Republic, 53-year-old Petr is the leader of the pack who has been working with dangerous animals for the last 10 years. Describing the animals as the ‘centre of his life’, Petr interacts closely with Diego – a 44 stone tiger that he hand-feeds and cuddles every day.

WHAT if your best friend weighed 10,000lbs and was able to crush a watermelon under her foot? Acrobat and animal handler Lauryn Murray, 33, from Florida, grew up in a circus and spends almost every day caring for Lady Essex, a huge Asian elephant. Lauryn says the two are 'as close as a human and an elephant can be’. Amazingly, Lady Essex plays fetch with Lauryn’s dogs and even likes to play with her three-year-old son, who helps give her a bath.

A DOG WHISPERER who became famous for walking a pack of unleashed German Shepherds through busy city centres has revealed how his training methods have saved thousands of dogs from death. Augusto Deoliveira, from Sharon, South Carolina, became an internet sensation after his video of him walking five German Shepherds down a city street without a single leash went viral. The 27 years old man says that the most rewarding part of his job as an expert dog trainer is the ability to save lives of dogs who otherwise would have been put down by their owners for their aggressive behaviour. Augusto calls himself a ‘balanced trainer’ and says that he uses both positive and corrective reinforcement techniques to train the dogs.

A SEXUAL abuse survivor says she “would not be here today” if it weren’t for her pet capuchin monkey. Lauren Elizabeth McAna from Loxahatchee, Florida, has two Brazillian Tufted Capuchin monkeys; three-year-old Emerson Alexander and five-year-old rescue Chica Morey.The 23-year-old veterinary technician has suffered with mental health problems throughout her life, resulting in physical trauma and she sees her capuchin monkey Emerson as her support animal.

A FORMER professional wrestler lives with a giant alligator inside her house – and she even shares a bed with him. The 6 foot 6 inch, 200lbs reptile named Rambo not only has his own room in the house, he also watches TV on the sofa and eats dinner at the kitchen table. Mary Thorn, 57, adopted her beloved pet Rambo 13 years ago, rescuing him from imminent death. Now the 17-year-old gator freely walks inside the house, bosses the dogs around and loves to be the centre of attention. Rambo, who Mary often dresses up in leather jackets and sunglasses, is potty trained, he obeys 70 commands and poses “no threat to humans”. Mary, who resides in Lakeland, Florida, considers Rambo as a significant part of her family and says she has a special bond with the gator – who responds to her sign language.

A 58-year-old woman from Czech Republic, has turned her suburban home in Prague into an ultimate cat-haven. Ivana Cákorová, who works in a clothing store, lives with a total of 14 cats that she calls her “babies” – a puma, caracal, four servals, a bobcat and seven house cats. She hasn’t taken a single holiday since opening her home to her furry friends, and says it would be “punishment” to do so. In the house, the big cats have their own individual bedrooms to sleep in and they are free to roam around the house as they please.

HULK’s great-great grandmother Maia is the OG of dog breeders Dark Dynasty K9s, the pitbull who started it all. Acquired by DDK9s founder Marlon Grennan as a 10-week-old puppy, Maia - whose name means ‘female warrior' - has produced generations of the finest protection pups. But the 12-year-old was diagnosed with terminal cancer a year ago, and now DDK owners Marlon and Lisa face an impossible decision as they decide whether or not the time has come to say goodbye to their beloved matriarch. The story is featured in the new season of Barcroft TV’s hit online show Dog Dynasty, which has racked up more than 150 million views on YouTube and Facebook. The show follows the fortunes of Hulk and the other DDK9 protection dogs, which sell for between $5000 and $25,000 and has catapulted Hulk to global superstardom, with the loveable giant having his own dog food brand and merchandise line.

MOVE aside Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz and Bow Wow, there’s a new canine at the top of the rap game - superstar pit bull Hulk. The 175lb giant had a starring role when hip hop duo Usual Suspecktz visited dog breeders, Dark Dynasty K9s HQ to film the music video for their new song ‘Every Dog Has Its Day’, inspired by the life and success of Hulk’s owner Marlon Grennan. And Hulk almost proved too much to handle for Usual Suspecktz members Bobby O and Medisin, who were pulled along the driveway when the colossal 175lb canine took off after a stray ball. The rap pair visited Dark Dynasty K9s HQ in early November 2018, with the shoot featured in the second episode of season three of Barcroft TV’s hit digital reality series Dog Dynasty.

CANINE INTERNET sensation the Hulk made light work of a masked and armed intruder who climbed into the family’s New Hampshire home. The colossal 180lb pit bull went on the attack and apprehended the invader after being ordered into action by owner Lisa Grennan, of protection dog breeders Dark Dynasty K9s. Luckily for Lisa, 28, and husband Marlon Grennan, 31, the burglary was part of a simulated home invasion scenario, with trainer Jeff Cummings the man behind the mask. The high-impact stunt features in the new season of Barcroft TV’s hit online show Dog Dynasty, which has racked up more than 150 million views on YouTube and Facebook. The show follows the fortunes of Hulk and the other DDK9 protection dogs, which sell for between $5000 and $25,000.

Step into the weird and wonderful world of creative dog grooming, where pet groomers gather each year in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to showcase their most outrageous and intricate dog designs. With a $2,500 cash prize on the line, the competition is serious business. The dogs need to be dazzingly shaved, trimmed and coloured in under three hours to be in with a chance of winning the prestigious award.

WHILE most 11 year olds are only interested in watching YouTube videos and playing Fortnite, Shelby Counterman would rather spend time with her enormous INSECT collection. Shelby from Claremore, Oklahoma, is an insect and reptile enthusiast living in Claremore, Oklahoma. The pre-teen became obsessed with creepy crawlies when she was just 18 months old and has been collecting all kinds of bugs since she was three. Shelby currently has approximately 1,400 insects, comprising of about 20 different species of roaches, including lobster roaches, question mark roaches and hissing roaches. As well as stick insects, mealworms, Monarch butterflies, a corn snake and a Mediterranean house gecko. Her prized possession is a Simandoa cave roach, which is extinct in the wild.

ONE HAPPY dog had a rough start in life, after being diagnosed with a fatal disease. Murray the Weimaraner was found as a puppy with his three siblings on Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico. The name 'Dead Dog Beach' is attributed to this spot because it is a well known dumping spot for stray animals. Whilst in Puerto Rico, Murray and his siblings showed signs of distemper, a virus that is fatal to most dogs as it affects their respiratory and nervous symptoms. Murray was due to be euthanised, however after a wag of his tail - the vet changed their mind and did what they could to treat him. Due to the virus, Murray now has no teeth, causing his tongue to flop out of his mouth. He also has bone deformation that makes him look a little different. But this didn't stop him from being adopted by Mackenzie Gallant and her family.

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