Lions are known for their ferocious reputations as killing machines – but this big cat proves they can also harbour a soft side.
Footage uploaded by a Mexican sanctuary shows a handler stood inside an enclosure when the beast is let in through a gate.
It charges straight towards him and leaps up onto him, but instead of devouring the man’s jugular, the lion embraces him.
In a hair-raising display of trust and bravery, the keeper even sits on the floor and allows the affectionate big cat to pin itself on top of him.
It begins kissing the human, who is completely unfazed by the killer’s jaws being so close to his neck.
The clip was uploaded to Instagram by the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation, with the caption: ‘Happy third birthday to the biggest Neurotic on Planet Earth: Kiara. She’s officially a Señorita. 154 kilograms (339 Pounds) of pure Neurosis.’