Watch: Hero crewman jumps off ship's deck, saves whale trapped in fishing net

A sailor has been hailed a hero for leaping off the deck of a cargo ship to free a whale trapped in a fishing net.

In video posted on YouTube, the crew of the Bahamas-registered Cheikh El Mokrani can be heard urging their crew mate to jump as he hesitates at the ship's railing.

He then leaps 12 metres into the ocean, resurfaces and swims over to the giant whale which is clearly struggling in the net at the surface.

Another man joins him and they both push the whale free, to cheers and clapping from the crewmen watching the rescue effort from the ship.

The video has been watched nearly 250,000 times on YouTube where one viewer wrote "I salute you" and another commented, "Fantastic humanitarian act of kindness, I applaud them."

Another posted: "Bravo to that dude for being totally fearless and saving a whale."

Video: 'My mom died in the shower' - five-year-old named 'honorary firefighter' after saving mother's life

A five-year-old is being hailed a hero after saving his mother's life. 

ABC15 reported the young Arizona boy named Salvatore (Sal) Cicalese was in bed when he heard his mother fall after she had a seizure in the shower. 

Sal acted swiftly, grabbing his two-month-old sister, and a bar stool.

He stood on the stool to open the garage door, and then took his baby sister to their neighbour's house. 

Neighbour Jessica Penoyer said Sal told her, "My mom died in the shower. Can you take care of us?"

Emergency services were called, and found mother Kaitlyn Cicalese unconscious in the bathtub with the shower still running. 

"Honestly he saved my life. If he wouldn't have gotten help, I would have drowned," she told ABC15. 

The local fire station presented Sal with an 'honorary firefighter' certificate for his bravery. 



Watch: Baby kangaroo snuggles into man-made pouch - and your heart will melt

Video of an orphaned baby kangaroo pleading to get into a man-made pouch at a sanctuary in Alice Springs is melting the hearts of hundreds of thousands of viewers on social media.

The video was posted on the Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs Facebook page earlier in the week with the caption "Baby orphan kangaroo Terri just loves her pouch".

It shows the young kangaroo hopping over to a worker at the sanctuary and clinging to his legs.

The worker lowers a cloth pouch, the baby roo jumps into it and appears content to snuggle in while the staff member holds the pouch.

The clip has been viewed more than 865,000 times.