Sporting yellow sweatbands on their legs, three dogs acting as ball boys stole the show at a practice match between tennis stars Venus Williams and Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova at the ASB Classic in New Zealand. The dogs — a rescued Bull Mastiff named Oscar, Border Collie Ted, and Jack Russell Terrier Super Teddy — took their jobs seriously, racing to retrieve the balls at just the right time. Everyone from the players to the umpire and the fans were delighted to watch these guys in action, but there was one drawback: They left the tennis balls a bit slobbery. (So they used fresh ones after each play.)
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Bagualeros search for wild cattle on Antonio Varas Peninsula in Patagonia near the border with Chile, by photographer Tomás Munita.
The sketch “If the Earth Treated Us the Way We Treat the Earth” by comedy group Garlic Jackson shows a personified Earth (played by Alexis G. Zall) wreaking havoc on humanity in increasingly absurd and violent ways.
Ruins of a Welsh abbey by photographer Adrian Evans.
Simon Turner of Christchurch, New Zealand, casually sips a beer while roasting marshmallows attached to the end of a tent peg during a trip to a volcanic lava lake located in Ambrym, Vanuatu’s Marcum Crater in a clip by Caters TV. The makeshift campfire can reach temperatures of up to 2,000-degrees Fahrenheit. When he’s done with the bottle, he thoughtfully recycles it.
So cute he caught fire!
A woman swinging flaming steel wool on tethers releases showers of sparks in the mesmerizing slow motion video “Ignition Sequences” by filmmaker Richard Johnston. Johnston makes the effect all the more mesmerizing by playing all the footage in the video in reverse. Johnston and his film crew went to great effort to reduce the risk of fire.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/106008423″>Ignition Sequences</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/richiejohnstonline”>Richie Johnstonline</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
A western pygmy possum by photographer Amanda McLean.
Volunteer firefighter Ben Wilson attached a GoPro to his person to capture some first-person video as he helped battle a bushfire that engulfed the Adelaide Hills mountain range in South Australia. GoPro is using the video to help raise funds for the South Australian Country Fire Service.
A baby anteater born at the Staten Island Zoo.