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09/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dave Salmoni Spends 6 Months With Wild Lions In Africa, Armed With Only A Cane And Pepper Spray (VIDEO)

Dave Salmoni, star of the new Animal Planet Show Into The Pride, stopped by The Today Show to talk about his daring and up-close encounters with wild lions after spending 6 months with them alone in the African Bush, armed with nothing but a cane and pepper spray. He even brought a lion cub for Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry to play with.

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The show premieres Thursday August 13th on Animal Planet.