Kevin Richardson is a South African zoologist who studies animals native to Africa. His main focus has been on lions  and has studied them to such an extent that he seems to have uncovered the secret to not being mauled to death.  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.

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