One of the first things you learn when going camping is not to get between a mother bear and her cub. Mother bears are notoriously defensive, and they'll do anything to protect their children.

In this instance, then, the garage door made a huge mistake.

In the video, a mother angrily looks on while her cub auditions for cirque du soleil. I'm not sure which feat of strength is more impressive -- the cub's high-wire act or the mother single-handedly opening the garage door.

The hero of that video? The ladder. We could've been headed toward a tragic ending if the cub had to find another way down.

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When you're riding your motorcycle at 164 miles per hour, the last thing you want to see is a live animal appear from within the dashboard.

Well, that's exactly what happened to one unsuspecting motorist:

Props to this guy for handling this calmly. When snakes show up in random places, it doesn't always work out so well.

And for those of you deeply concerned for the welfare of the snake, don't worry, in the comments of the video, the rider claims he would never kill the snake and it is still alive and well, ready to torment more motorcyclists.

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Maybe the poet William Congreve wasn't wrong when he wrote that "music has charms to soothe the savage breast," but soccer might have qualified for consideration if he had powers of time travel and could have seen this video:

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It's not yet officially the dog days of summer, but in America's finest city, they don't wait around.

Forget the Olympics, San Diego hosted the 7th Annual Dog Surfing Competition on the dazzling Southern California shore over the weekend. The Telegraph reports over 50 dogs from big to small attempted to hang four paws without the dreaded wipe-out.

Man's best friend(s) was placed into three categories: small, large and tandem dogs. Each mutt participated in 10-minute heats, with scoring based on their two best waves.

Winners received vacation packages to the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and doggie treats. No word yet on whether they'll be taking their owners on the prize trip.

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Forget those old debates about whether the kung-fu expert could beat a sumo wrestler, or how a boxer might handle a wrestler. Somehow nobody considered the entertainment value of a kitten sparring with a rabbit. Until now.

And since nobody was actually hurt, we can all enjoy some rumbling cuteness:

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We know that cats aren't huge fans of playing in the water, but this pack of five felines might have a future in synchronized swimming. The following clip is brief, and it doesn't provide much background on precisely much training and rehearsal was needed to get the whole crew working as a one. But who has time for details like that when there is cuteness like this to soak up:

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It's been said a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. It would seem that boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao takes this to heart.

Like most big-time pugilists, Pacquiao has a posse around him at all times, but his is a little different, as one member has four legs.

Pacman, the Jack Russell terrier, has been Manny's training partner and friend for the past four years. Since the canine version of Pacman came around, the boxing version hasn't lost. "He's part of my team," Pacquiao told the Wall Street Journal. "He's a special dog."

Pacman isn't just special, he's got a pretty impressive puppy ancestry. The dog was said to have been picked from a litter of puppies that were direct decedents of a rather famous Hollywood hound. Max, better known as Milo from 1994 film "The Mask," is the proud papa of Pacman.

It should be mentioned Pacman (the dog) was originally named Amboy by Pacquiao's personal chef, before he was renamed Leonard and finally his current name by the boxer himself.

In the early days, Pacquiao shared his bed with man's best friend, before he had an allergic reaction to Pacman's dog hair. By the way, the dog doesn't live in the Philippines, instead residing in Los Angeles were Manny trains for his fights. The pooch travels to Pacquiao's home country when he heads there to get ready. Furthermore, the dog is alongside when Pacquiao is in Las Vegas for his fights.

Believe it or not, Pacman has helped Manny train harder before previous fights, reports Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal. The dog is credited with inspiring Pacquiao by running ahead of him on the track. However those days have come to an end for the Jack Russell terrier. "He's getting old. He's become fat," Pacquiao explained.

Pacquiao's love for dogs started like most in his youth, but it took a shocking turn. Growing up in the Philippines, he adored his dog until his estranged father allegedly cooked Manny's dog and ate him. The boxing star wouldn't speak about this horrific story.

Timothy Bradley will be in the ring this weekend in Las Vegas against Pacquiao.

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