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The king of the jungle doesn't frighten the lion whisperer

Kevin RichardsonAnimal behaviourist Kevin Richardson has such an intimate bond with big cats that he can spend the night curled up with them without the slightest fear of attack.

Richardson, 32, who is based in a wildlife conservation area near Johannesburg in South Africa, works his unusual magic on other species too. Cheetahs, leopards and even unpredictable hyenas hold no threats for him.

So instinctively in tune is he with these beasts, whose teeth are sharp enough to bite through thick steel, that mother hyenas even allow him to hold their newborn cubs without pouncing to the rescue.

But lions are his favourite. He lavishes them with unconditional love, he says, treating each individual differently, speaking to them, caressing them and, above all, treating them with respect.

Kevin says he is most confident with animals he has known since birth, but claims he can become close friends with any lion less than a year old, when it is still flexible enough to accept him as part of its own pride.

"I have to rely on my own instincts to gauge an animal or a situation, and I will not approach a creature if something doesn't feel right," he says.

"I don't use sticks, whips or chains, just patience. It may be dangerous, but this is a passion for me, not a job."

Two more pictures after the jump.

Kevin Richardson
Kevin Richardson
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Source: The Mail
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Time for all the animal lovers to relax because people like Richardson are not only treating the most petrifying beings with "patience" but also with respect.


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