YouTube buck video becomes overnight international viral sensation [updated]

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A South African video of an antelope colliding with a surprised mountain biker has become a worldwide internet hit almost overnight, racking up just under 5,3-million views (by Wednesday morning) in just over a day.

During a mountain bike race near Albert Falls in KwaZulu-Natal, a province in South Africa, cyclist Evan van der Spuy was dislodged from his bike by a flying Red Hartebeest that appeared to be trying to jump over him.

“Watch the buck!” screamed another mountain biker in the video, Travis Walker, who filmed the race from a video camera mounted on his bike, before crying out a moment later: “Holy cow!”

Despite the collision, both van der Spuy and his new antelope friend emerged intact. He tweeted that the ordeal had put him in hospital with a “stiff neck”.

Just saw the footage that put me in hospital with a very stiff neck take my hat off 2 @traviswalkermtb you got some good camera skills man,” he tweeted, thanking his riding partner who filmed the footage.

Van der Spuy also tweeted about his new fame: “…been a very busy day didn’t think i would ever be this famous“.

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  • http://twitter.com/AkinOyedele Akinoluwa Oyedele

    “Only in Africa”, that just reinforces silly stereotypes.

  • Jeremy

    If only he had decided to monetise it he would have made about R50k

  • http://twitter.com/Grohl_ Nick Groll

    How on earth do you get to that figure?

  • Jeremy

    The video of the Shark Attack in Fish Hoek made almost R15K from just over 1 million views and at the time I posted this, this video had well over 3 million views – 15 X 3 and-a-bit = “about R50K”
    (I see he has around 7 million views now and has turned on the monetise feature)

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