A taxi driver who refused to pick up a blind couple because letting their guide dog in his cab was 'against his religion' has been ordered to pay almost £600.
Charles Bloch, 22, and his girlfriend Jessica Graham, 21, booked a ride with Leicester cab firm ADT Taxis in July, last year.
The pair, who were both born with a visual impairment and are registered blind, were with Mr Bloch's guide dog Carlo.
But when driver Abandi Jamal Kassim arrived to pick them up, he would not allow the dog into his cab.
The Muslim driver told Mr Bloch 'For me, it is about my religion.' Mr Bloch told Mr Kassim that refusing to allow the guide dog into the taxi was 'against the law'.
Footage of the incident, which ended with Mr Kassim driving off and leaving the pair stranded at the roadside, was filmed by Miss Graham on her mobile phone.
Leicester City Council, the licensing authority for taxis and private hire cabs in the city, were made aware of the incident after it was shared on social media.
Mr Kassim, 43, appeared before the city's magistrates today and admitted a breach of the Equality Act 2010.
Watch shocking footage of a shark struggling in the water around Santa Monica, US, which later beached itself in the shallow water.
White Dove Release Ceremony Takes The Fun Out of Funeral
One unsuspecting roller-coaster rider’s fun was intercepted when a pigeon collided with his neck in midair. At the opening of the Ferrari Land theme park at PortAventura Park in Spain, one man decided to take on the highest and fastest roller coast in Europe, which launches riders to 111 mph in just five seconds. Strapped into the ‘Red Force’ ride, a camera was set up to capture the whole thrilling experience. During the ride, which is the landmark experience at the new €100million park, the roller-coaster’s trajectory collided with that of a bird in flight. Taken aback – as you would be – the man quickly brushed off the stray bird, dashing him off his chest in a seemingly brutal moment of panic. The bird fell sideways to reveal a rather ominous blood splatter, which pretty much confirms the bird didn’t survive the collision. Bizarrely, the rider recovered quickly, after turning to his friend and sharing a few words on the incident. The same can probably not be said for that poor bird.
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A group of fisherman have been forced to use a garden broom to push away a large Great White Shark, which repeatedly circled their boat kilometres from shore. The Salty Dog fishing charter from Port Fairy, Victoria, had only just thrown out their lines on Wednesday when the inquisitive beast rose to the surface. For the next few minutes the group of anglers were forced to use a large red garden broom to ward off the shark, as it frighteningly swam circles alongside their charter boat.
Dog Gets A Surprise When Trying To Attack Ducks In A Swamp!
This is the moment a group of ravenous crocodiles swarmed a herd of defenceless zebras as they attempted to cross the treacherous Mara river in Kenya. Dozens of the aquatic reptiles lurked in wait before pouncing on the animals after they dived in. The crossing usually has more than 60 resident crocodiles - but just over 20 showed up for the zebras. One of the herd was selected and pounced upon by the reptiles who quickly surrounded the defenceless animal.
Chester Zoo's eight-year-old giraffe Orla finally gave birth to her rare Rothschild's calf at Chester Zoo in incredible footage captured by CCTV
Egyptian Geese attack Baboon We all know that geese are the “bouncers” of the bird world and know how to protect their territory, but watch how this hard as nails baboon doesn’t bat an eyelid when attacked by two geese as he pushed through to get the prized egg meal. Colin Pretorius (47), Sales and Marketing Manager at Ngwenya Lodge, was sitting in his office in front of the Crocodile River when he noticed that the geese were sounding unsettled. “I saw this baboon come bouncing along and realized the geese were distressed. I could see the baboon was on a mission and looked completely fearless. He was with a troop but was the only one that was determined to get to the eggs for a taste. This was his second attempt at trying to get to the nest. There are literally hundreds of Egyptian geese that have come and laid eggs in this area over the last few years so the breeding ground is a great place to grab a snack. The attempt paid off because he must have just decided that this time round he wasn’t going to be deterred.
This is the moment five zoo keepers wrangle with a giant python, aptly named 'Monster' for its first ever weigh in. Monster weighed in at an impressive 53kg and measured 5.28m at the Australian Reptile Park on the New South Wales Central Coast on Tuesday. Video shows the zoo staff straining to try and straighten the huge snake to try and get an accurate measurement.
A shocking video from Russia shows the fearless man jumping on the bear's back to ride it and also shows him hugging the black bear, which is even taller than he is.
An apprentice bullfighter who was badly gored in Madrid’s famed Las Ventas bullring is recovering well and his life is not in any immediate danger, a doctor said. Daniel Garcia Navarrete, 23, suffered wounds to the neck, collarbone and right thigh, said doctor Maximo Garcia Padros. Video images showed Garcia Navarrete preparing to kill the bloodied bull with a sword in Sunday’s fight when the beast attacked him head on and tossed and gored him repeatedly before helpers could distract the animal and carry the matador away for treatment. Dr Garcia Padros said that barring complications, Garcia Navarrete could be released from hospital within a week. The doctor said it is too early to say when Garcia Navarrete would be able to perform in the ring again.
Dutch, a police dog based in North Yorkshire, shows off the ultimate way to enter a vehicle in style.Filmed on March 29 while on a training course, Dutch demonstrates how he enters and searches vehicles for suspects
Lions hunting a buffalo Serengeti NP, Tanzania by Filip Kulisev
A group of dangerous dogs were shot dead by armed police on Sunday after the pack of animals attacked a man and woman in a park. Witnesses claimed that at least five dogs were on the loose in Bolton's Queens Park and attacking people, included children. Dramatic footage shows police arriving on scene and shooting at the dogs in the street from close range. Police confirmed that a 60-year-old woman was injured when she was bit in the hand by one of the dogs, and another man was bit on his leg. People hiding in a nearby property can be heard in one recording gasping as police shot at the dogs, one of which ran towards officers. It is believed that police officers are still searching for one injured dog. During the shooting police killed two dogs and seized two others. A 38-year-old man was arrested by police following the incident, but he has yet to be publicly identified. The man was arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and affray. He remains in custody and will be questioned by police. Witnesses told the Manchester Evening News that the man was crying as he was taken away by police. Marya Mahmood, who works near where the incident occurred, said that the man didn't have all of his dogs on leads. She told the Manchester Evening News: 'We saw two dogs that were not on leads and about four or five dogs on a lead being held by a man. 'The ones off the leads were chasing the police officers and they had to shoot them otherwise they were going to attack them. 'Were heard them shoot two dogs. They were quite big dogs that looked like pit bulls. 'The man who was arrested was crying because the dogs had died.' Police said they arrived on scene at about 10.20am after reports that six 'Pitbull type dogs were dangerously out of control' in the town centre. The number of dogs in the pack was unclear at first, with some witnesses suggesting up to eight dogs were running through the town. But police later confirmed that there were five dogs present during the incident. Police said that emergency responders assisted a woman, a man, and a dog were were all injured at the scene. Greater Manchester Police said: 'Armed response officers were deployed to the scene and two dogs were humanely destroyed and two dogs have been seized. 'Officers are currently searching the area for another dog who is believed to be part of the group.' Superintendent Chris Allsop said: 'Highly trained officers responded quickly to the scene and took control to avoid the situation from escalating. 'The officers acted with our number one priority in mind; to protect people and prevent them from harm. 'I'd like to thank to the public for their patience and full cooperation as we remain at the scene and carry out our inquiries.' Two roads that were closed in the area have now reopened, and officers are trying to find the injured dog. Allsop urged people not to approach dogs they do not know, saying people should contact a nearby officer or call 101. Four breeds are banned from being bred, owned or sold in the United Kingdom under the Dangerous Dogs Act: the pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasiliero. Anyone who sees a dog loose in the area is asked to tell police, while witnesses or those with information are urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
This is the fearsome moment a great white shark devours a fleeing seal whole metres away from a fishing boat filming the encounter. Cage-divers filming beneath the water captured the moments before as the seal twisted and turned in the water inches away from the enormous predator. Seemingly attracted to the bait on a pole the shark soon realised something far larger was on the menu as the playful seal swam alongside it. Footage from above the water shows the seal suddenly flailing desperately though the water as the shark lunges towards it, in Gansbaai about two hours away from Cape Town. Shadows across the surface show the underwater struggle taking place interrupted by sudden leaps through the air as the prey comes up for air. But eventually the seal falls prey to the apex predator as a final twist through the water is intercepted by enormous jaws. The helpless seal is almost swallowed whole as the power of the shark's thrust sends it towards the fishing boat. Thankfully, a 10-year-old boy in Australia had a far luckier brush with a great white. Eden Hasson was catching the last of the light while surfing at Samurai Beach in New South Wales when he got the fright of his life. The young surfer said he didn't realise the dark shape he saw in the sea was a great white shark as he enjoyed the last of the day's waves. His father, lifetime surfer Chris Hasson, was standing on the rocks taking photographs of his son when he saw a dark shadow in the water.
A dog owner has filmed her pet bumping into a door with glazed eyes after it got stoned when it 'ate a joint' while on a walk. Chloe O'Neill, from Glasgow, uploaded the clip to Twitter last night which shows the disorientated state her dog, Gunnar, was left in after accidentally taking the drugs. The one-year-old Weimaraner appears shaky on his feet and looked drowsy as the pair waited to be seen by a vet. She uploaded the footage with the caption: 'Not everyday your dog's stoned because he ate a joint while out his walk and gets taken to doggy hospital ahahahha.' Her tweet has since been liked more than 5,000 times and retweeted a further 2,651 times and attracted countless more comments. The 30-second-clip starts as Gunnar wobbles and presses his nose into a nearby door. He then shakes slightly before a woman's voice can be heard asking: 'Are you okay?' The woman then strokes him to try and comfort him but Gunnar's eyes appear glazed over as he takes no notice. Gunnar continues to stare out into space as he rocks from side to side, pushing his nose against the wall. Laughter can be heard behind the camera whilst his back legs seem bowed slightly. The video ends as he leans his head against the door and stamps his front paw. Twitter users have been quick to react to the shocking footage. Harald Fossberg wrote: 'My blind friend's guide dog ate a hidden pile of stash in the local park and was wasted for days.' Claire Breen commented: 'I feel so bad for him but he's so cute and out it.' Tommy Tolland wrote: 'Chloe I'm howling so much that's a shame.' Whilst Rowan added: 'Is he ok? Sorry I know it isn't my business, he just reminds me of my dog and I hope he's ok.'
34-year-old Field Guide, Cliff Butlin, managed to provide his guests with a stupefying front-row-seat sighting at Mjejane Game Reserve, 21 March 2017. Cliff recalls: “The lions had already attacked the calf before I arrived. The buffalo cow and other members of the herd had pushed the lions away, so when I arrived at the sighting the lions were watching the buffalo from a safe distance plotting their attack again. After an hour of waiting, the buffalo started moving off with the lions not too far behind them. I went down a road and waited for the buffalo to arrive when another OSV radioed in to say that the lions were starting to give chase. This was when all hell broke loose and the calf was left behind. The lions had initially run past the calf as they did not see it on the other side of the bush, but when the calf called for its mother, the lions turned and locked eyes on the helpless victim and I knew they were going take it down. The mother of the calf did not come back as she was possibly injured as well during the first attack and the other buffalo could smell the lion's scent on the calf. I’ve been guiding now for just over 12 years, mainly doing Kruger park drives and tours but in the last 3 years, I’ve been on Mjejane Reserve which is a private reserve incorporated into the Kruger. I’ve seen a lot over the years but this was a special moment! When you predict the moment and it unfolds in exactly that way, it is so rewarding. Advice to others in the same sighting situation would be to remain still and not to panic. My main theory is not to put human emotions on the wild animals in situations like this That evening the lions were in the same area drinking next to the road. The next day we found the buffalo herd that was chased and noticed a bull buffalo with its tail missing so I suspect these lions had another go at them during the night with no luck”.
Park rangers and conservationists in Kenya save a trapped giraffe from almost certain death when it gets its foot stuck in a metal ring that clung to its foot.
A humorous video of a man running down a Detroit street with a kangaroo on a leash is making the rounds on the Internet.
The seven-second video, which was originally posted to Snapchat on Monday night, shows a man set a leashed kangaroo on the ground.
The animal quickly begins hopping down the street, and the man takes off running to keep up with it.
A crowd of people can be seen watching along the side of the street.
It urns out, the man is Javon Stacks, and he runs a company called Exotic Zoo, a traveling zoo that brings exotic animals to schools, libraries and kids’ parties.
“You have many inner city kids, they don’t have any transportation to the zoo, their parents don’t have the finances,” Stacks said. “So we perform at libraries and schools for free and through grants. We like to educate people.”
He was doing a show in the neighborhood when the Snapchat user just happened to drive by.
He said the animal featured in the video is a two-year-old red kangaroo named Darwin.
That's a whole lotta nope for me!
That mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be a real horse running on a Northern California highway — followed by a mule. Commuters east of San Francisco on Monday were stunned to see a horse and a mule running across Interstate 680.
Hilarious video footage has emerged of a panda falling out of a tree at a zoo frightening visitors. The footage was taken at a panda base in China and posted online on March 26. The panda's keeper can be seen trying to catch the animal as it plummets to the ground. The footage posted online by the People's Daily, shows the panda close to the top of a tree at the panda base. It wobbles on the tree until the branch it is on can be heard snapping. All of a sudden the animal falls and tourists watching can be heard screaming in the background. The keeper below can be seen with her hands out trying to catch the cub. However she fails to reach it in time and it thuds onto the ground. She tries to grab hold of it but instead the cub runs away.
The furry creature was caught on camera wiggling his tiny legs out of the vent, catching the attention of two men. In the video, a man discovers the raccoon and tries, albeit in vein, to gently pull the animal out of the vent by its legs. 'What did you do little guy?' a person says off-camera. 'We gotta rescue this guy out of the tank, come on.' The man dons gloves and stands on top of the tank pulling the raccoon from different angles in an attempt to free the mammal - but it doesn't budge. 'Oh wow, he’s stuck,' says the man on camera. A person off-camera suggests they grease the raccoon with butter or another lubricant in an effort to push the animal into the tank so it can escape through the bottom. With no lubricant available, the man continues to pull the raccoon by its hind legs as it kicks in distress. 'He’s a little fatty,' says the man. 'And he’s pissed that I am touching him.' After another failed attempt, a man off-camera refers to the raccoon as a 'fat a**'. The man on-camera eventually gives up and allows someone else to 'give it a shot'. Another man, a uniformed soldier, uses rougher tactics and manages to yank the raccoon from the small vent. 'Oh, he's pissed,' says a man off-camera as the raccoon is freed. 'I’m gonna fling him that way,' says the camera person as they capture the newly-liberated animal running into the nearby woods.
This is the terrifying moment a sailor casually pets a shark out at sea as it brandishes its impressive teeth. A short video clip shows the man reaching out his hand and gentle stroking the sea creature round its mouth. The shark rolls its large head in a circular motion as it is caressed by the man. The weird clip has amazed people on social media with many finding the fascinating footage adorable. One said: 'Is it strange that I find it cute?' Another wrote: 'Dawwwww. Poor widdle sharkiepoo.' Others were impressed with the sailor. A fan wrote: 'This man got balls!!!' 'That's really scary,' a Twitter-user replied. It isn't know where the video was filmed. Some have questioned whether the film is a fake but others have been convinced it's real.
I don't think a bird cage is going to protect you from a shark!
TEMPLE, Texas — An officer pursuing a runaway cow became the target when he attempted to corral the animal. The Temple officer pursued the cow around a grassy area and managed to lock the cow up in a fenced area. But when he closed the gate, he closed himself in with the animal. The cow turned around and charged at the officer. The officer escaped unharmed. Police said the “unknown heifer had beef” with the department. Guess he didn’t want to be locked up.
A fiery tempered kangaroo has been captured on video attacking a Canberra man's car. The car is seen to be following behind the bouncy marsupial until the animal abruptly stops, turns around and sizes up the vehicle before landing a series of hits to the top of the bonnet. Social media users were quick to make hilarious comments about the confrontational roo. One Facebook user wrote 'Haha skippy wanna have a go'. Another commented: 'What a beast'. The kangaroo had grass in his mouth, and some joked he appeared to be smoking a cigarette. It's not the first time a kangaroo has shown its tough side. A man famously punched a kangaroo in the face to save his pet dog from being strangled last year.
Safari park visitors were terrified and screaming when a lion attempted to attack them in the city of Monterrey, in the north-eastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Luckily no one was injured in this incident.
This is the moment tourists flocked to see a dead whale - despite warnings a huge swelling coming out of its head could explode at any moment. The giant carcass was discovered washed up on a beach in Pelluhue, in the central Chilean region of Maule. Although the whale is about 52ft long, pictures show how an enormous balloon-like swelling dwarfs its entire head. Thought to be a minke whale, the carcass has attracted tourists and scientists - but there are already fears it could explode. President of the Vets of Wild Fauna Association Betsy Pincheira said: 'The protuberance is caused because of the common decomposition process. It is an accumulation of gas, generally methane. 'I wish people would not approach because this could explode.' According to the vet, who has not visited the scene, the swelling could also be part of the stomach being forced up and out through the head as internal gases deform the animal's insides. Mauricio Ulloa, head of the Unit of Preservation and Rescue of the National Fish and Aquaculture Service, said the whale could have died up to two weeks ago. He added: 'The sun causes the increase of the temperature of the gases inside the whale and this could cause some parts of its body to swell, such as the tongue or the intestines.' But not all experts agree with the gas-buildup hypothesis. Some say the swelling might have been caused when the whale crashed against a boat or rocks, an accident that would have eventually led to its death. Authorities are currently on the scene to investigate the carcass and discover the cause of death.