1The white shark that breached a diver's cage in a scary encounter
The video, posted by “Gabe and Garrett," was shot near Guadalupe Island, off the coast of Baja during a five-day shark cruise. Chunks of tuna were left outside the cage as bait, with a diver — supposedly — safely protected by the cage bars. One of the sharks came in for the tuna but it was so frenzied, it broke the bars and ended up inside, before bursting out and swimming away.
2The elephant that charged hikers
Delton Daniels, one of the hikers, managed to capture the knee-weakening moment on camera and posted it to YouTube. Luckily no one was injured, and the elephant was also eventually left in peace.
3The Florida woman who came face to face with a curious bear
Using her phone to capture the encounter, she remained still as the curious bear sniffed the air just inches in front of her face. Afraid to move, she sent a simple text to her son, still inside the home that said, “Help me.” Eventually, the bear lost interest and left the Colton's driveway without incident.
4The tourists who came very close to a tiger as it checked out their safari truck — which has no doors
While the point of a wildlife trek is to get close to some of the magnificent animals of the bush, here there are very obvious safety aspects that appear to have been neglected. The driver appears to have moved out of his seat, meaning a quick exit should anything go wrong is less-than-likely.
5The crow that landed on a boy's back
6The kayakers who had a close encounter with a humpback whale
The pair were paddling along trying to spot whales in the distance at Monterey Bay in California when suddenly the 40ft, 80,000lb beast rose out of the water almost within touching distance of the shocked pair. Laws state that nobody can approach a whale within 100 yards, but the mammal decided to take them by surprise instead.
7The man who found a giant lizard knocking on his door
8The gorilla who smashed its way out of a London Zoo enclosure inches away from visitors
Terrified tourists screamed in horror as the 29st Kumbuka flung himself against the glass barrier. Dramatic footage shows the furious beast smashing his full body weight against the glass, inches from where zoo-goers are standing.
Kumbuka was on the loose for at least 90 minutes after escaping. Armed cops and zoo-keepers eventually shot him with a tranquilizer dart as terrified visitors hid in a cafe and other enclosures. One zoo worker said: “He's a total psycho, that ape.”