The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

The video that is presented for you below received a 2008 YouTube Video Award, winning as the best video in the Eyewitness Category.  Battle at Kruger is an absolutely thrilling documentary that was captured on film while a tourist was on a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.  The spine-tingling, astonishing documentary shows a pride of lions attacking a baby wild buffalo, and the entire ensuing breathtaking battle that then took place between the group of lions, the buffalo herd and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in Kruger National Park.  After the pride of lions and crocodiles had pinned down the cape buffalo calf, the angry herd of buffalo was prompted by the attack to fight off the predators and it eventually saved the babe.

During the video, you can hear a fellow traveler remark, “You could sell that video!”  After returning home, David Budzinski, the tourist from Texas who had recorded the stunning scene, did try to sell it, but National Geographic and Animal Planet weren’t interested.  Only after the battle, which is alternately horrifying and inspiring, became one of the most popular videos in YouTube’s history did the buyers come calling.  Last summer The National Geographic Channel purchased the television rights to the video, and on Sunday, May 11th, at 9 p.m. Eastern time, it will devote an entire hour to a documentary that deconstructs this thrilling wildlife drama.

The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

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Heath Ledger Portrait Wins 2008 Archibald Prize in Australia

Heath Ledger Portrait: The 2008 Archibald Prize

On Thursday, this portrait of a brooding Heath Ledger, which was painted shortly before the Australian actor died in January, was voted the most popular painting in the 2008 Archibald Prize competition.  The Archibald Prize is Australia’s top art prize for portraiture. Ledger posed for the portrait in December at Ledger’s family home in Perth, Australia.

Ledger, who was best known for his role as a conflicted gay cowboy in the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain, died at the age of 28 in New York on January 22, 2008.  Artist Vincent Fantauzzo, 29, had been friends with Ledger for many years.

The portrait features a bare-chested Ledger against a black background, looking straight out of the canvas with two other images of the actor at the sides whispering into his ears.  Fantauzzo refused offers to sell the painting and said that he had spoken to Ledger’s family, who requested that the portrait be donated to the New South Wales Gallery in Sydney, Australia.

Remembering Heath Ledger (1979-2008)

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