Cape Town - A video of a lion cub stalking a dog has gone viral on YouTube as several South Africans watched the short clip.
The video, posted by a YouTube user called Shaun Swingler, shows a young cub sneaking up on two dogs, giving one an obvious fright.
The YouTube video has generated over seven million views since its posting around two weeks ago and far eclipses any other video Swingler uploaded.
It highlights the growing influence of YouTube as a video platform that has emerged as an alternate source of news, especially around conflict zones such as Syria, or as a driver of political change, such as the shooting of 43-year-old New Yorker, Eric Garner.Also Read: YouTube weighs premium content funding
More recently, the platform has been used to illustrate the violence in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson after the shooting of an unarmed teen, Michael Brown.
Reports say Brown was shot six times by a policeman, and suggest that he may have been surrendering after a scuffle.
Governments around the world have grown increasingly wary of the video service and YouTube remains blocked in a number of countries, including Iran, North Korea and China.
It has also been sporadically blocked in several other countries.
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