04/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Kevin Richardson, The Lion Whisperer

We cowered behind the fence, fearing that our day filming with the famed "lion whisperer" of South Africa was about to come to an abrupt and bloody end.

"Are you ok in there," I yelled, genuinely alarmed as Kevin was pinned down by a pile of writhing predators.

"Don't worry," he shouted back, emerging with a giant paw wrapped gently around his head. "This is normal," he laughed.

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