Best Videos: A swan sings, Hawaii burns and a bear gets loose on a plane

Taylor Swift made a long-awaited announcement this week, while Sam Kerr took to the field for the first time at the World Cup.

A bear escaped its crate on a plane, leading to delays, and a racoon faced off with a fire hydrant.

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Maui on fire

While flying over Lahaina an airline passenger captured just how widespread the wildfires are on Hawaii’s island of Maui.

So far, 53 people have died, after three fires broke out on Tuesday. In Lahaina at least 271 structures were destroyed or damaged.

Brawl in Alabama

A brawl broke out in Montgomery, Alabama, after a black dock worker was attacked by a group of white men, with racial slurs being hurled amid the assault.

A group of black men then intervened, making for some wild scenes at the dock. Four people have since been detained by police.

1989 (Taylor’s Version)

On her last night in Los Angeles, marking the end of her US leg of the Eras Tour, Taylor Swift announced her re-record of 1989 would be coming out in October.

Fans long suspected she would be making the announcement on the eighth month, on the ninth day and the crowd truly went wild at the news.

Sam Kerr back in the game

Earlier this week, Sam Kerr stepped onto the pitch for the first time during the Women’s FIFA World Cup.

The crowd went absolutely wild when the Matildas’ beloved captain was subbed on against Denmark.

Wayne Brady comes out

Wayne Brady has come out as pansexual with a little help from Celine Dion.

I’ve come to see a few truths, one of them being that I want to be free to love whomever I want. This truth makes me Pan and part of the lgbtq+ family. It’s scary as hell to say out loud but here it is,” he said.


As someone who gets to bring joy to others daily on tv, it’s been ironic that I don’t experience it as much as I’d like. I advocate mental health for all and a part of that is self transparency. In doing my work, I’ve come to see a few truths, one of them being that I want to be free to love whomever I want. This truth makes me Pan and part of the lgbtq+ family. It’s scary as hell to say out loud but here it is. The people I admire the most are the ones brave enough to be themselves unapologetically. This shouldn’t shake anyone’s world, but if it bothers you at all, that’s your business:) I was so afraid of having my manhood questioned, but screw that. A “real man” in my eyes, isn’t afraid to be honest and happy. From now on, I’ll be over here living my best life! I love you @Mandietaketa @Maile Masako @Jason

♬ original sound – Shannon

Astrophysicist’s riff on Barbie dolls

In a video shared to Twitter, Neil deGrasse Tyson shared his thoughts on Barbie dolls and how they helped socialise children.

He said it was curious that Barbie dolls received as much “resistance” as they did.

Werribee Zoo welcomes  lion cubs

People are can now see the adorable lion cubs at Werribee Zoo.

The cubs were born eight weeks ago and are old enough to explore their surroundings.

Swan solo

A swan song was captured on camera at Perth Zoo this week.

In a video shared to TikTok, a swan is seen swimming towards the zoo keeper, before throwing its head back and giving voice to its song.


Sound on for Swannie’s song 😍🔊 📷 Keeper Aaron #perthzoo #blackswan #zoosoftiktok #cuteanimals #westernaustralia

♬ Jaws style suspense jingle(1111319) – moshimo sound design

Bear holds up plane

A bear that escaped from its crate on a flight delayed more flights and resulted in the pilot apologising to passengers.

The bear was reportedly bound for Baghdad, where keeping wild animals as pets has become increasingly popular.

Racoon v fire hydrant

A racoon faced off with a fire hydrant this week, in a hilarious TikTok video.

The tiny racoon looked ready to pounce on the inanimate object, while wagging its tail.


♬ original sound – Ragnar

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