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“Lion Whisperer” Turns The King Of The Jungle Into A Cuddly Housecat

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Kevin Richardson The Lion Whisperer

In a dramatic video, a lioness stretches down, ready to pounce on a man wading in a pond nearby.

But everything is not as it seems. The man in the video, 42-year-old Kevin Richardson, is known as the "lion whisperer," and when the huge predator named Meg jumps into the pond it's only to cuddle up with him.

“When I call Meg and she comes swimming and I see in her face, 'if I come to you are you going to catch me?'" he says. "She looks at me, I look at her—and we know. That’s trust." It's a trust that only comes when a human is accepted by lions as part of their "pack," which has taken Richardson years of work to achieve.

Richardson runs a wildlife sanctuary near Pretoria, South Africa, where more than 30 lions and an assortment of hyenas and other large cats are free to roam around the 3,200 acre park. Many of the animals, including Meg, have been raised by Richarson since they were just cubs.

He found Meg and her sibling starving in a ditch, abandoned by their mother. Over the years the incredible bond Richardson has developed with the cats has allowed him to get up close and personal with the huge animals.

And he's using his one-of-a-kind connection for a good cause.

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