These are the videos you're going to want to watch from this week

A solar eclipse, a principal serenading a graduating class and wandering elephants are just some of the moments that captivated our attention this week.


A solar eclipse, a principal serenading a graduating class and wandering elephants are just some of the moments that captivated our attention this week. Take a look below at this week in video.

'Ring of fire' eclipse

A "ring of fire" solar eclipse appeared in the sky Thursday as the moon partially blocked out the sun.

It was visible in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and people around the world captured the celestial show — the first of two solar eclipses this year — with some stunning images.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon crosses between the sun and the Earth, which blocks a portion of the sun's rays, according to NASA.

This eclipse is an annular eclipse, meaning the moon is far enough away from the Earth that it appears smaller than the sun.

Video above: See partial solar eclipse views from New Hampshire

A very close call

Four people are safe thanks to first responders who rescued them as their boat was going over this dam.

Callers reported the dangerous situation at Austin’s Longhorn Dam on Thursday afternoon.

The county’s EMS says people on scene were able to attach the boat to another vessel and lower down life vests.

At one point, the boat partially went over the dam.

EMS says a police patrol boat was able to pull the passengers and their vessel into open water.

A massive gator

A neighborhood in South Carolina had a visit from a 10-foot alligator — and it was all captured on video.

The video above shows the alligator walking across Margie Meek's neighbors' yard in Myrtle Beach. Meeks caught the gator on video after she arrived home and spotted the alligator walking across her neighbor's yard. She said "it was around 10-feet long."

"It was incredible. I loved it. I mean I know they're dangerous animals, which is why I was a coward and hung out in my car. But still it was amazing," said Meeks.

According to Meeks, the gator rested in her neighbor's yard, laid down on the porch and then walked away.

French president slapped

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man during a visit to a small town in southeast France.

Macron's office on Tuesday confirmed a video that is widely circulating online.

The French president can be seen greeting the public waiting for him behind barriers in the town of Tain-l'Hermitage after he visited a high school that is training students to work in hotels and restaurants.

The video shows a man slapping Macron in the face and his bodyguards pushing the man away as the French leader quickly leaves the scene.

French news broadcaster BFM TV said two people have been detained by police.

A singing principal

A high school principal in North Carolina gave the class of 2021 a sendoff they'll never forget.

T. Wingate Andrews High School Principal Marcus Gause belted out his rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" during graduation at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday.

The moment was shared with sister station WXII.

Watch the special sendoff in the video above.

A furry hitchhiker

Remarkable photos snapped last month at a Massachusetts lake show a dog becoming an unlikely water taxi for another critter.

Lauren Russell's golden retriever, Wally, was swimming at Hickory Hills Lake in Lunenburg on Sunday, May 16, when he came across a woodchuck in the water.

That woodchuck hitched a ride to shore on Wally's back.

"He was about 100 meters out and a woodchuck I think just crawled right up on his back and he swam back to shore with him," said Russell. "We were flabbergasted. It was unbelievable. We couldn't believe what we were seeing."


The 2-year old pup took it in stride — or in this case, all in doggie paddle.

"He didn't even care," said Russell. "He like took a peek back on his back and then just kept swimming."

Wandering elephants

At least a dozen buzzing drones monitor them around the clock. Wherever they go, they're escorted by police. And when they eat or sleep, they're watched by millions online.

For more than a week, China has been gripped by a new internet sensation: A herd of 15 marauding elephants, who are large, lost and wreaking havoc in the country's southwest.

Millions have tuned in to livestreams of the elephants, which have trekked more than 300 miles across the country since escaping from a nature reserve in South China last year.

CNN contributed to this report.