Lion | April 9, 2023 3:49 AM | Alisa
Humans and animals can share the greatest friendships, but even so, it’s hard for our kind to get close to the toughest wild creatures. Nonetheless, this man did it. Thanks to the love he carries for lions, he just became part of the pride, and so he gained the name of Lion Whisperer.
Almost his entire life, Kevin Richardson was close to these majestic creatures, in his attempt to better understand and preserve the species. He used to live among the lions, to know their habits and to learn just how unpredictable they can be. A few years ago, while he was part of the Lion Park team in South Africa, Kevin came upon a scene that showed him just how tough life in the wilderness can get. A lioness rejected her two newborn cubs and let them be, but Kevin, who witnessed the scene decided to intervene and help the hopeless cubs.
Kevin has taken the two cubs to a sanctuary not far from Johannesburg, and here they get all the help and comfort they need. He named the two tiny lionesses Meg and Amy, and over the years they grew into two fearless predators.
Kevin – who founded the sanctuary, is sure that “through education, outreach and funding,” wildlife can be saved. “Our mission is to bring awareness to the rapid decline of large carnivores in Africa due to habitat loss, human-predator conflict or pouching.”
Time proved that all of these are possible, and there’s no better proof than the two lion cubs Kevin rescued over seven years ago, and now they are fully grown adults.
After all those years, Kevin decided to pay a visit to the lioness he rescued. Anyway, he was pretty nervous since he wasn’t sure they would remember him. But he was so wrong. As it turns out a wild animal never forgets a kind heart, and neither Meg nor Amy did. Kevin recorded the emotional reunion with a GoPro camera and the result is nothing short of sensational.
Needless to say that Kevin and the two lionesses share an incredible bond, built on love and respect. “Meg and Amy are kind of my soul mates. It is kind of like humans, you can meet many many people in your life,” the Lion Whisperer said. “But there are very few that you connect wholeheartedly with.”
For Kevin is no greater reward than seeing these majestic felines happy! “To see the lions doing what lions do for me was exhilarating. It made me realise there was a different way to work with these predators in captivity. Meg Amy and I have a history that goes back to when they were born,” he said.
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