Lions aren't known to be cute and cuddly creatures, no matter how The Lion King makes them look (Scar excluded, of course). Fierce predators/kings of the jungle, lions are hard to picture getting all snuggly with a human. Kevin Richardson, also known as The Lion Whisperer, goes against that logic and wraps his arms around more than a few felines in the adorable and awe-inspiring video below. Screw bear hugs, lion hugs are the way to go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ZRd3lrukxu8

Featured in documentaries, photo sets, and other lion-related works, Richardson is kin with the kings of the jungle. For more info on his lovely lion-interactions, check out his website. He's even got a kickstarter going to support his artistic collaboration with painter Suzanne Unrein. Check it out.

Cute or crazy? Is Richardson a modern day daredevil or insane for getting that close to friggin lions? Let us know.

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