The Great Escape: Newsflare’s Top 5 ‘Animal on the Loose’ Videos
Earlier this week one story in particular piqued my interest. It involved a bull escaping from a trailer and bringing a UK motorway to a standstill. As you will see from this roundup, stories like this are always very exciting in the viral video universe.
To me, nothing gets the pulses racing more than seeing wildlife upsetting the normal course of human activity. Watching an emu weaving in and out of traffic while charging down a highway excites the inner Looney Tunes fan in me, and makes the world seem quite fantastical, if only for an hour or so. As long as the animal isn’t in any distress and gets safely brought back to where it escaped from, the ‘animal on the loose’ genre is one of our favourites here on the newsdesk at Newsflare.
So here are some of our top escaped animal clips:
Capybara on golf course
Not many people would have heard of a capybara before. Which is why seeing the world’s largest rodent appearing on a golf course in Essex is such a anomaly. Workers at the North Weald Golf Club were stunned to see the rare creature skulking among some bushes, and promptly reported it to the local authorities. Thankfully, a local farmer came forward claiming he was ‘missing a capybara’, and the animal was returned.
Wallaby in Highgate Cemetery
In October of 2013, a curious looking creature was discovered rustling among the bushes in Highgate Cemetery, north London. Lurking nearby the graves of Karl Marx and George Eliot was none other than a small wallaby. Newsflare managed to secure footage of the marsupial just as the story was breaking, which caused an epidemic of head scratching, as clients and members of the public tried to work out how on earth it got there. Three years later no one has yet accounted for the surprise appearance of the wallaby. Perhaps we’ll never know…
Emu in Tel Aviv
Believe it or not, Newsflare has its fair share of ‘Emu on the loose’ videos. But by far my favourite has to be the one where an escaped emu gallops at breakneck speed down a motorway in Israel. The sheer incongruity of the bird weaving in and out of traffic as if it is running late for an appointment made us all laugh at the time, but we recognised that the video was about to go huge. We quickly approached the filmer and he let us use the video, while at the same time providing us with probably the best description to ever accompany a Newsflare clip:
“Its was a really surreal situation, i felt like in a cartoon. I was sure it’s going to turn to me and say “beep beep”, and after that a wolf on a rocket will pass me. It was so funny and unreal that i laughed like a crazy person. You can hear me on the video”
There was an incident last night at CVS
This video is impressive in the sheer quantity of errant animals on display. For reasons as yet unknown, a whole squad of ducks one day found their way into a drugstore in the US. In the video, the feeling of ‘what the hell do we do now?’ expressed by the workers is hilariously evident, as one can be seen making a half-hearted attempt to sweep them out with a broom. It is absolute chaos, and the ducks don’t seem to have a clue what’s going on either. It is as if the world has just gone ducking mad.
Wolf on the loose in the Netherlands
Last year, the idyllic repose of a small town in the Netherlands was dramatically shattered with the appearance of a large grey wolf on the prowl. Presumably looking for its next meal, the animal was filmed running along a pavement in Kolham with a frightening look of intent in its eyes.
According to local reports, the fugitive was seen crossing the border from Germany, and – leaving the Dutch population unharmed – was safely returned back to where it came from. But Kolham villagers can be forgiven for thinking they had just been in some kind of horror film.
So if you ever see an animal not where it should be, you may have the chance of entering our ‘escaped animal’ hall of fame. Just remember to stay safe!