The lion mane tamer: Meet the gamekeeper who gives maneating Jamu a daily hairspray as part of his beauty treatment
Saturday, August 27, 2011
British animal wrangler Alex Larenty risks his life daily so he can prune, primps and polishes a massive lion.
Theses amazing pictures show the fearless 50-year-old, from Chipping North, happily fluffing the mane of massive maneater Jamu at the Lion Park near Johannesburg.
He also sprays the 9-year-old beast with special lion hairspray, gives him a manicure and even massages his feet.
British animal wrangler Alex Larenty sprays Jamu the Lion with special Lion hairspray at the Lion Park in Johannesburg, South Africa
And it's all in the name of making him attractive to the opposite sex.
Former truck driver Alex said: 'I use a hairspray that gives Jamu's mane a glossy sheen and hides his gingerness.
'That makes him more appealing to a mate.'
Alex also gives Jamu a manicure and massages his feet to help him become more attractive to the opposite sex
Alex moved to South Africa in 1999 and has been an animal trainer for 35 years
Having reared many lions from birth, Alex is able safely to walk into the middle of Jamu's pride and play games while surrounded by huge numbers of the massive predators.
He has said previously: 'I built up a relationship with Jamu through putting insect repellent onto him, which is necessary here to keep our animals protected from things like parasites.
'He eventually realised he liked being scratched and tickled.'
The 208-acre Lion Park houses over 300 animals including lions, cheetahs and hyenas.
Having reared many lions from birth, Alex is able safely to walk into the middle of Jamu's pride and play games while surrounded by huge numbers of the massive predators