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62 Heartwarming Animal Photos And The Story Behind Them

Animals in History | October 1, 2018

Kevin Richardson, known as the Lion Whisperer, takes a selfie with a lion

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This is one of the cutest human-animal selfies you will ever see -- it's also considered by many animal experts to be the height of stupidity. The man in this picture is Kevin Richardson of South Africa, the so-called "Lion Whisperer." Richardson runs a private wildlife sanctuary, near Pretoria, where he is amazingly friendly with the beasts. Videos of Richardson interacting with lions are popular on YouTube and fascinating to watch. But these big cats are still wild, potentially-ferocious animals -- in fact, a woman was killed by a lion at Richardson's facility in February 2018. Does Richardson have a bond with this king of the jungle that has prevented him from meeting the same fate? Or has he just been really, really lucky?

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Josh Robertson is a freelance writer who lives in the past -- and likes it there. He's a former Playboy and Yahoo! Internet Life editor and current social media whiz/hack. He prefers Martin Denny to Herb Alpert, still reads his Kurtzman-era Mad magazines, thinks margarita mix is an abomination and believes Lazenby was the second-best Bond, deal with it.