Lion movie highlights dangers in SAfrica

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“Ugh, no claws you naughty boy!” he admonished, slapping away a paw larger than his face.

He’s been attacked by his lions twice. Once during filming, a lion named Thor grabbed Richardson’s arm and pinned him against the cage holding the camera crews, who looked on terrified and unable to help.

“I thought: There goes my arm, and it’s my own fault. I was provoking him to get a fight sequence that we needed,” Richardson said. The lion stared him in the eyes for what seemed five minutes but couldn’t have lasted more than a few seconds, before releasing him, he recalled.

“Lions are 99 percent chill and 1 percent lethal,” Richardson said.

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On the Web:

The movie: http://www.whitelionthemovie.com/

Kevin Richardson’s page: http://www.lionwhisperer.co.za/

Professional Hunters Association of South Africa: http://www.phasa.co.za/

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