I really can’t get enough of the video. Kevin Richardson is he; he walks among and lion-hugs lions in the wild, as well as spotted hyenas that are seemingly as lovable as domestic dogs…and incidentally…HOUSE CAT INDIFFERENTs: watch your evolutionary great great great great grandparents demonstrate cat-to-human affection, you comfortable, moody, lazy, and nearly worthless high-maintenance and finicky scammers you! It’s amazing; make it your GoTo thing whenever you think YOU have problems.
Kevin Richardson has problems. He could be food, easily; yet he manages it and turns all the trepidation, doubt and fear into his personal brew of lemonade. He’s got to be scared, a bit. Maybe the wild ones are scared too—that he’ll ever make himself look like prey to them.
What a balancing act. I won’t tell you when, but you’ll eventually see how the film crew is protected.
He knows very well it could end abruptly, some day, in a bad way. Seems to me that the benefit he derives now—in the here and now, in an you only live once kinda way—is worth the risk…or, to perhaps state it in a better way: would his life without these relationships be better with the only score card being longer? Or, would he just be miserable longer?
Longevity is a thing. Living is a whole other thing. It’s the science vs. the value, the humanity. Supposedly, what we’re fortunate to be here and live for! Thank Dog! …Or, lioness. Take your pick.
We’re seeing this sort of thing because of the amazing GoPro Camera. I recall way back when I first began to fly hang gliders around 1995 (yes, you can do that and live too, if you keep your wits about you). After I began to fly off high mountains I was wanting to have video of it. Yep, big VHS camcorder strapped to my keel with hose clamps from Home Depot (hose clamps are the sister of duct tape).
After a couple of failed attempts with my 1st generation GoPro (batteries once, no SD card in it the 2nd time) I finally got it right, mashed with some ground footage; so both the launch and fist couple of minutes of flying and about the last minute before landing, are both from the perspective of the ground and the GoPro mounted on my keel with a nice clean mount from amongst the many GoPro Accessories available now.
It’s really quite cool and even all the kids are getting in on the act, stuff all over YouTube capturing fun and moments from a perspective never before available.
And check out the GoPro site. They rotate some pretty amazing stuff through there.