lion whisperer

WOW. The Man Who Hugs Wild Lions Brought a Go-Pro This Time (Video)

Kevin Richardson is known as the lion whisperer, and I think that term is perfectly accurate. He has literally made himself part of a pride of lions, as well as a group of hyenas.

Watch Kevin hug, cuddle and play with these wild predators. He also attaches Go-Pros on the backs of some of the lions and hyenas, so you can see things from their perspective as well.

If this isn’t the most amazing intimate footage of lions and hyenas you’ve ever seen, I’d be very surprised.

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      HM says:

      I think what this guy is doing is self serving and assuming. I can’t imagine it being good for these animals to build such a trusting relationship with humans, when there is a high incidence of poaching in those parts of the world. I see a man who is meeting his needs without really understanding or taking into consideration his impact on these beautiful animals.

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        Kk says:

        Your a self serving asshole trying to take moral highgrounds.. He has done more for animals in a day then you probably have in your life.

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        Tony Collins says:

        There is always a hater somewhere. Instead of appreciating how rare and amazing this is. you see something wrong. Congrats nice to know people like you are alive and well. Hmm I wonder when you see a solar eclipse do you worry how dark its getting, or how dangerous it is. Especially if you look directly at it. Can’t wait for people like you to finally die out and let the rest of the world evolve and become more connected with the universe.

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        James says:

        I’ve seen other people like him who have built strong relationships with wild cats, and the fact is, they know him, and avoid other humans. Why do you think the camera crew had to protect themselves? These lions and hyenas stay away from humans they don’t know.

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        These beautiful animals are also smart enough to trust him, specifically, and not any random human who comes along. They reminded me of my cat, only they’re a hundred times bigger. My cat does these running leaps and cuddles, but only with me — he would never expose himself to a stranger.

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        Sindy says:

        I understand your concern but it’s rather small minded in my opinion. For too long humans have regarded all animals as beneath us. They are different no doubt but just as complex and deserving of respect. This guy and others like him are helping to broaden our understanding and expand our relationship with them and eventually they will be seen as valuable beings as opposed to valuable belongings and thus help to bring an end to poaching.

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        Parker Pease says:

        so basically having a relationship with an animal is always self serving? The lions chose to accept him and love him they have a brain and can decipher things fairly well. This guy is giving them affection which with anything i find hard to believe as harmful. I find this fascinating and would love to meet this guy and possibly have him bring me out to see his animal families. He isn’t obstructing anything natural. He has a bond and it is that simple. Nothing is wrong with what he is doing. It would be like saying raising a human child with affection is bad because there are bad people that you can’t trust and will kill you for fun.

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        richard says:

        Yes such trusting relationships should be avoided with lions. Just imagining what it would be like to invite a lion for a pint at my local pub. Seriously though, don’t think poachers are interested in building such relationships, a fully armed rifle is usually what they use to get what they want, regardless of how trusting these beautiful and endangered creatures are or are not.

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        J. Jordan says:

        I think that you underestimate their mental abilities. These animals would not let other humans into their circle, I think that animals have some subconscious ability to understand the intentions of an individual.

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        Davis B says:

        Well think of it this way, without him the lion population would still be decreasing, but instead, you wouldn’t have any idea about it. All of his lions are in a preserve he created himself, free from poachers. It’s a mutualistic relationship.

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        AF says:

        You are 100% correct. As beautiful as these creatures are, they need to be afraid of humans because humans are the real monsters in this world. Killing for amusement, instead of purpose.

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        Ty says:

        Yes- Because the millions of people made aware of the lion numbers depleting aren’t at all worth it. I wouldn’t be on this site talking to you about lions if this guy had not been doing what hes doing. Hes starting a conversation and getting the ball rolling on a idea that is bigger than your ego. Boggles my mind that you try to find negativity out of a story like this.

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        You’re joking, right? You do realize that barring any cataclysmic event (or Jesus coming to collect), the only lions remaining will be that which reside in a zoo. We are growing as a populous. Free range territories are shrinking. It is inevitable. Move to Africa and assist with anti-poaching efforts, but saying this is self-serving would be the same as telling someone who can fly not to jump off a cliff.

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        DM says:

        The lions didn’t trust the guys in the car. They only trust Kevin because they remember him from when they were babies

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        Daniel says:

        Richard is raising awareness about lions and how they are becoming an endangered species. He’s not encouraging trusting relationships with humans but showing what amazing creatures they are. They built a relationship with a human not humans. I see an idiot commenting on a video to meet is needs without really understanding or taking into consideration what he is saying.

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        Sam says:

        Um do you not notice the other guys in the landrover. There is a reason for that. You want to know why it’s not very hard to grasp. There still wild Lions. Those two males alone way at least 400 pounds each or more. They are still killing machines. Plus poachers are assholes who hunt at night with spotlights just to keep the rich pricks happy.

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        P.R. Tooke says:

        So anyone who studies, befriends or tries to make others of our species understand better our need to help these animals is only serving themselves? Let me make it even clearer, given the rate of current extinction, we know what will happen if we do nothing, so where is the negative is trying something other than what we have been doing?

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        mbiyimoh ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        the animals in the video are ones he saved when they were abandoned as infants. without him they never would have made it to adulthood in the first place. i don’t think he promotes trying to build these kinds of relationships with all lions and points out in the video that his relationship with those particular lions is a special one.

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