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The Lion Whisperer

 - Oct 22, 2008   Updated: Aug 4 2011
References: dailymail
These incredible photos showcase animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson's amazing ability to bond with big cats including lions, cheetahs, leopards, and even hyenas.

Dubbed the Lion Whisperer, Richardson's connection with these wild cats is so strong that they permit him to cuddle with them overnight.

The animals are so comfortable with him that he can kiss huge male lions on the nose, and the protective mother cats even allow him to hold their newborn cubs.

Implications - While photography is always at its best when the subjects are evoking raw emotion and showing a natural chemistry with the photographer, it is few and far between that such incredible connections are documented in a way that melts the hearts of viewers. It is a wonder that Richardson can tap into the hearts and feelings of such majestic animals that are generally feared by the human world.