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    Best viral videos of 2011

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- A breakdancing gorilla, a bird on a plane and a flying jetman; these are the viral videos of 2011.

    A fiery crash in Utah between a car and a motorcycle turned a group of bystanders into heroes. They managed to lift the car and pull the biker to safety; he escaped with broken bones and road rash.

    One teen should star in a PSA against drinking. He had a few too many, and tumbled off an escalator. Believe it or not, he only suffered a fractured elbow, but he learned a valuable lesson. He says, "Don't do it, don't drink, it's not worth it."

    A Walmart shopper in Houston chased a trio of beer thieves as they left the store, even jumping on the hood of their car. She slid off as they drove away, but tried the door handle before she fell to the ground. Police later caught the suspects.

    And in another death-defying stunt, a tightrope walker in China lost his footing in high winds at more than 320 feet in the air. He eventually pulled himself back up.

    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a jetman soaring over the Grand Canyon. He got going as fast as 190 miles per hour. Later in the year, he spent some time soaring alongside a pair of Swiss fighter jets.

    This extreme surfer off the coast of Portugal likely set a world record when he caught a 90 foot wave. Hang 10!

    Some unique animals went viral this year. Like Zola, the Calgary zoo's breakdancing gorilla. Millions on YouTube have caught his moves. And the lioness in Colorado, who seemed to find a one-year-old zoo visitor pretty appetizing.

    There was a bird, or is that a bat on a Delta flight. And a cat stuck atop a 30 foot cactus in the Arizona desert. It spent at least three days up there before it finally figured out how to get down on its own. Or maybe the news chopper did the trick.

    Workers tried to net a deer, which somehow found its way into the seal tank at Connecticut's Maritime Aquarium.

    All the animals got through the ordeal unharmed, if a bit shaken.

    This biker racing through South Africa was more than shaken when a massive antelope knocked him off his wheels. He was left with a concussion, whiplash, and more than ten million hits on YouTube.

    Reporters became the story in 2011. A sports reporter was nearly backed over, but still finished his report. And another anchor terrified his news team with a tarantula.

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