Ross Kemp tells how he came face to face with a ‘enchanting, drooling’ lion weighing 350 kg

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Ross Kemp has narrated the filming of his latest show, Britain’s Tiger Kings – On The Trail With Ross Kemp, and the moment he came face to face with a huge lion.

Write about the experience The sun, Ross, 56, recalled, ‘I’ve been ushered into a circus ring and now, staring at me from a 10-foot pedestal, is a lion. A huge apex predator weighing 350 kg.

‘His eyes are enchantingly beautiful and his mane is beautiful, but I am most concerned about his teeth and claws. He’s drooling too.

Lion King?  Ross Kemp narrated the filming of his latest show, Britain's Tiger Kings - On The Trail With Ross Kemp, and the moment he came face to face with a huge lion

Lion King? Ross Kemp narrated the filming of his latest show, Britain’s Tiger Kings – On The Trail With Ross Kemp, and the moment he came face to face with a huge lion

‘I’m told to feed him a large piece of meat on a stick and he drools like a house dog while devouring the piece. If he lands on me or Martin the lion tamer, or decides to eat us, we’re literally a lion lunch.

I have to say – up close I can’t really understand the call. However, this is not a dream. I’m here for a new two-part ITV documentary about Britain’s very own Tiger and Lion Kings, as well as the keepers of other dangerous wild animals. ‘

Grrrrr! The new show was announced in February, with ITV hoping to cash in on the success of Netflix hit Tiger King.

Ross, 56, wrote about the experience in The Sun and recalled, 'I've been ushered into a circus ring and now, staring at me from a 10-foot pedestal, is a lion.  A massive 350kg monkey, but it's his teeth and claws that worry me the most.  He's drooling too.

Ross, 56, wrote about the experience in The Sun and recalled, 'I've been ushered into a circus ring and now, staring at me from a 10-foot pedestal, is a lion.  A massive 350kg monkey, but it's his teeth and claws that worry me the most.  He's drooling too.

Ross, 56, wrote about the experience in The Sun and recalled, ‘I’ve been ushered into a circus ring and now, staring at me from a 10-foot pedestal, is a lion. A huge apex predator weighing 350 kg ‘

The new show was announced in February, with ITV hoping to cash in on the success of Netflix hit Tiger King.

While actor-turned-documentary maker Ross directed the series, a source at the time said, “ Ross likes to get under the skin of gritty subjects and interviewees. And considering how big Tiger King was last year, this seems like a no-brainer.

No one has really delved into the lives of the British Joe Exotics and what possesses them to keep these creatures the way they do.

“There are numerous examples of Britons having all kinds of animals, and this paper will look at some of the characters involved.”

Jan with the hat?  The new series features UK versions of Joe Exotic - the titular Tiger King from the US version

Jan with the hat?  The new series features UK versions of Joe Exotic - the titular Tiger King from the US version

Jan with the hat? The new series features UK versions of Joe Exotic – the titular Tiger King from the US version

Touch!  Joe Exotic is seen at the zoo he ran in Wynnewood, Oklahoma

Touch!  Joe Exotic is seen at the zoo he ran in Wynnewood, Oklahoma

Touch! Joe Exotic is seen at the zoo he ran in Wynnewood, Oklahoma

Ross – who played Grant Mitchell on EastEnders – has interviewed Reece Oliver, who has two rescued African lions and a cougar in his Nottinghamshire yard.

Last summer, he made headlines when he applied for planning permission for a 400-square-foot fence behind his stables, which would be used for the 28-year-old’s show jumpers.

Neighbors were shocked to discover that there was, in fact, a cougar named Rogue, and that two lion cubs, Rocky and Rora, were joining.

Some 14 neighbors objected that the fence was too close to the adjacent bridle path and that it would be “unsafe” to have so many predators within 150 feet of the nearest house.

On the show: Ross interviewed Reece Oliver, who has two rescued African lions and a cougar in his Nottinghamshire yard

On the show: Ross interviewed Reece Oliver, who has two rescued African lions and a cougar in his Nottinghamshire yard

On the show: Ross interviewed Reece Oliver, who has two rescued African lions and a cougar in his Nottinghamshire yard

Pussy galore!  Last summer, Reece made headlines when he applied for planning permission for a 400-square-foot fence behind his stables to house a cougar named Rogue and two lion cubs, Rocky and Rora.

Pussy galore!  Last summer, Reece made headlines when he applied for planning permission for a 400-square-foot fence behind his stables to house a cougar named Rogue and two lion cubs, Rocky and Rora.

Pussy galore! Last summer, Reece made headlines when he applied for planning permission for a 400-square-foot fence behind his stables to house a cougar named Rogue and two lion cubs, Rocky and Rora.

Still, Reece won the battle to keep his fence, with the four-foot fence.

Reece lives in a converted barn with his mother Karen, who owns a series of daycare centers, his father Gary, a heating engineer, girlfriend Annie, his grandparents – and two squirrel monkeys named Ronnie and Reggie.

He saved the four-year-old cougar “from the illegal pet trade.” And within two years, Rocky and Rora will be twice the size of the cougar, with a male Rocky weighing up to 30th.

Tiger King became a worldwide sensation on Netflix when it captured the lives of big cat owners Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin and Doc Antle.

Exotic has served about two years of a 22-year sentence after being convicted in 2019 on 17 federal charges of animal cruelty and an attempted contract murder of Baskin.

Catty! He saved the four-year-old cougar “from the illegal pet trade.” And within two years, Rocky and Rora will be twice the size of the cougar, with a male Rocky weighing up to 30th