Every so often in the viral video world, one video will emerge that has all the right elements perfectly aligned. Many would be apprehensive at seeing cute babies commingle with ferocious animals, but when their interaction is as beautiful as this one, all the signs are there for a true viral smasher.
The video, which everyone who has an internet connection would have seen by now, shows an 11 month-old baby dressed in a lion costume interacting with the real thing at a zoo in Atlanta. The male lion can be seen pawing at the glass in a playful manner, while baby Aryeh looks on with surprisingly calm curiosity.
The clip was brought in by our US representative Mike Wallis, and as soon as it came onto our platform is was clear we had something pretty special on our hands. And our clients agreed.
Selling to a huge range of networks and publications all across the world, and surpassing a million views on Youtube, the video has been everywhere. Amid all this success, filmer and godmother to baby Aryeh, Cami Fanning, shared with us her experience of having a video go viral.
How did you come to work with Newsflare?
I have a close family friend, Doug, who is Mike Wallis’s cousin. Doug liked my video on Facebook, Mike saw it, and he reached out to me!
When was the moment you knew the video was really taking off?
When The Daily Mail posted an edited version of my footage. That was crazy! That’s still my favorite edit I’ve seen so far.
How does it feel to have a video go viral?
It’s very surreal! Myself, the Ari (lion Baby!) and Aria (lion baby’s mom) were on Happening Now yesterday, a live show by Fox News Network, and I’ve already had people ask if I’m the lion baby’s godmother!
Will you continue to upload more videos in the future?
Absolutely! I had already uploaded so many photos and videos of Ari to Instagram and Facebook before this one went viral…I don’t plan on slowing down on showing him off!
How has family and friends reacted?
Everyone is kind of in shock! I can’t keep this huge smile off my face and my friends have been teasing me a bit but everyone is super supportive! We are all surrounded by the most amazing people who continue to lift us up day after day!
There are some haters (I get it, I should have filmed vertically…I’m a teacher, not a videographer, calm down) but one of my friends brought up an amazing point: Think of how many people around the world whose day will be brightened because of our little lion cub! If we can put some smiles on people’s faces, then I consider it a job well done.
How did Newsflare help you manage all the madness of licensing enquiries?
Newsflare has handled everything flawlessly! Mike is very responsive with any questions or concerns I have and I know there are so many team members behind the scenes making sure that we are represented fairly!
I will say that the success of this video has been such a blessing to all of us. It’s hard being a young adult in today’s world! We are so fortunate to have this opportunity come our way.