Photos of a man hugging a wild lion will touch your heart

Kevin Richardson is an animal behaviourist who has become famous for getting close to wildlife, including lions and hyenas.

In viral photos taken by GoPro cameras, one can be seen the so-called “lion whisperer” hugging and cuddling two lions he saved as cubs when their mother abandoned them. The lions are now 10 years old.

Despite their time in the wild in South Africa, the lions still respond to Richardson’s voice. He called the animals’ names, and they ran to greet him. That was so beautiful! This is how the relationship between humans and animals should be: caring, loving, aware. This was so inspiring to watch. Thank you, Lion Whisperer.

Richardson’s method is controversial because interacting with wild animals is clearly dangerous. But on his website, Richardson argues that developing personal relationships with lions draws attention to their plight in captivity and the wild.

A large study published in the journal Science this week found that three-quarters of the world’s top predators, including lions, are nearing extinction. This is largely due to habitat loss.

I’m so jealous of Kevin. It’s interesting to see the love these huge beasts have for him. I’ve always been impressed by the way lions cuddle with their proud mates, then seeing them like that with humans is an even more amazing sight to be held. Lucky Kevin.

I love seeing these photos. It’s incredible to see wild animals up close and personal like this. Amazingly, these animals are treated and loved like pets, without any force, and only with kindness and love. The way the lion whisperer plays and the lions run to him is beautiful to see.

Thank you, GoPro for creating all the images Kevin shares with his subscribers. It has been a privilege to watch him interact with these majestic creatures, and without your work, we would never have seen it. Hooray! Kevin and bravo to GoPro!

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