You just have to know what you are doing! And you have to have an amazing relationship with these big cats so you know for sure that you are safe. I wonder if he ever thinks about the possibility of it going wrong and the lion forgetting for a second that he is a friend. You know, the lion’s instincts can suddenly rise to the surface and wham. Is there fear in the guy’s head? When I look at the video it’s what is in my head.
He makes an interesting blowing sound into the head of the lion when they greet each other. It must be something that he learned which signals ‘we are friends’ or something like that. He has to be strong too, to support this lion. Lions can weigh up to around 470 pounds.