Watch: This Guy Plays Soccer with Lions

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | July 15, 2014 | 9:14 AM EDT

Is Kevin Richardson, the "Lion Whisperer," cool or crazy? Watch this unconventional South African zookeeper hug, snuggle, put his hand in the lion's mouth, feed and sleep with lions.

He plays soccer with lions in this video:

Richardson relies on intuition with the large cats, and because he's gained their trust, he's been accepted into several prides. He uses what he learns to help conservation efforts in South Africa.

Watch him hug a lion!

Full video here: