This guy has the best job in the world; let’s hope it lasts for a long time! It’s Kevin Richardson, whom we’ve met before as “The Lion Whisperer.”
A brave man named Kevin Richardson is a South African zoologist, who studies native animals to Africa. He has studied lions to such an extent that he seems to have uncovered the secret to not being mauled to death, as you will see. He has decades of hands-on experience studying how lions behave, and he was able to use that knowledge to his benefit in an amazing way.
Richardson and his crew got together their GoPro cameras and traveled to get as close as they possibly could to these African lions. After he calls them, they miraculously DON’T attack, but they go in for a hug! You have to admit that when you watch, you immediately think he’s doomed. Instead, you’re a witness to one of the most adorable hugging sessions ever. These 400-pound animals seem to act like nothing more than house cats around Richardson.
People will comment that the man is mad; that animals like this can’t be trusted, and so on. And maybe they’re right, at least about the latter. But Richardson has had immense experience with these animals, and, oh, what a thrill it must be to have a lion run at you and then hug you!
A couple of pictures. Indented text from the site above:
Richardson is capturing the eyes of the world through his relationships with these lions, as well as hopefully attracting much-needed awareness to the issues that wildlife animals are facing in Africa. Wild animals numbers are dwindling as time goes on, and if these trends continue, animals such as these beautiful lions will eventually be on the endangered species list.
Richardson truly believes that this is a possibility within the next 20 years – not that these lions will be put on endangered species lists, but that they will be extinct.
h/t: Richard Dawkins Tw**er