Viral Videos: what caught fire on the internet this week
Watch the greatest Vines of 2013, see a dog play fetch by himself, and take a look at the world's worst zoo
Greatest Vines of 2013: A YouTube user has compiled an 11-minute video of the greatest Vine clips of 2013 so far. The Vine App, owned by Twitter and released in January of this year, allows users to create six-second clips that can be shared or embedded on social networking services including Twitter and Facebook. The video compilation features a wide range of material, from impressive basketball dunking to hidden camera pranks.
Solo game of fetch goes viral: No pals, no problem. A dog in Japan got creative when he found himself with no one to play with, and a clip of his activities has gone viral. The video shows the cute canine playing fetch by himself by dropping a ball into the fast-moving river current and then chasing it downstream to retrieve it. Following YouTube commenters' concern over the dog's well-being, the owner came forward to reassure the world that the dog is well-looked after and that 'river fetch' just happens to be his favourite game, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Undercover PM: Several Norwegians got a surprise when their country's leader, Jens Stoltenberg, went undercover as a taxi driver. Stoltenberg said he wanted to find out what the real concerns of voters were ahead of Norway's 9 September election. "If there's one place where people say what they think, it's in the taxi." According to the BBC, the country's ruling Labour Party later came confirmed that five of 14 passengers filmed in the cab had been paid 500 kroner (£55) each.
Boy prays to Barack Obama: This video has gone viral, but not in a positive sense. The controversial clip features a young boy called Stephen praying to the President of the United States. He thanks Barack Obama for everything he does for the nation, and even thanks God for giving Obama a "special power". One viewer commented that the video was "very very disturbing", while another said: "Our country is doomed".
World's worst zoo: China's People's Park zoo has been unofficially dubbed the world's worst zoo after it tried to pass off a large, hairy dog as a lion. The chief of the park's animal department said the zoo's real lion had been sent to a breeding facility, so a staff member's Tibetan Mastiff was used as a substitute. The zoo also tried to say a fox was a leopard and that a dog was a wolf. It's most creative feat, however, was labelling a pair of rats as snakes.